14 September 2014

AMS-IX breaks 3 Terabit per second barrier

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AMS-IX (Amsterdam Internet Exchange) has broken the data transfer speed record of 3 Terabit per second (Tbps). This milestone underlines the leading position of the Amsterdam peering platform within the Internet Exchange (IXP) market.

The peak of 3 Tbps (3000 Gbps) that was reached on September 14 is an all time record for The Netherlands. Last year in September, this speed was 2.4 Tbps.

For this growth several reasons are to be found. The use of online video, cloud based infrastructures, online gaming and Internet access via mobile devices is growing rapidly the last few years. Examples of gaming providers that connected to AMS-IX in recent years are Wargaming Interactive, producer of the well-known game World of Tanks and Riot Games, that has produced League of Legends.

“Breaking this barrier makes us really proud”, says Job Witteman, CEO at AMS-IX. “In the past year some great, international organisations for who the Internet is of vital importance, connected to AMS-IX. The data traffic that is being exchanged via AMS-IX, keeps on growing. In September 2010, when we reached the barrier of 1 Tbps, we never expected to reach the 3 Tbps barrier this fast. This proves that the continuous expansion of our network, the increase of existing connections, adding exchange locations to our network and improving technical support is profitable.”