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Participating Internet Service Providers have installed a common tool to measure traffic at their interconnects, the individual points where ISPs exchange traffic with the greater Internet. This effort includes multiple ISPs, providing direct information on the capacity and utilization of interconnects. All data and visualizations are of ingress capacity and utilization.

Across the approximately 2900 links included in the data set, representing the diverse and broadly substitutable routes available for Internet traffic flows, the Project reveals an approximate 31% use of the capacity during peak periods in June 2021. The data further shows that ISPs are adding capacity to address continued traffic growth. Further segmentation and analysis of the data is available below. The Project will regularly refresh the data and analysis to provide a dynamic picture of how the Internet is evolving.

Data Science Institute and the participating ISPs will annually assess whether the project remains relevant as broadband network technologies and Internet interconnection architectures continue to evolve.

Read more at the project website.

[Image: “The Quest for Better Interconnect,” by Steve Jurvetson]


Nick Feamster

Faculty Director of Research, Data Science Institute; Neubauer Professor of Computer Science and The College