Once More, With Feeling: The Internet Isn't At Risk Of Running Out Of Bandwidth
from the no-exaflood dept
For years, we’ve been hearing telco execs, telco lobbyists and politicians screaming over the coming death of the internet due to an “exaflood” of bandwidth, as things like internet video and bittorrent totally overwhelmed the internet infrastructure. There was little proof that this was actually an issue, and plenty of evidence suggesting that ordinary infrastructure upgrades would more than handle all expected growth. And, in the last few months we’ve been seeing more and more public reports supporting this position. In August alone we saw two separate reports noting that internet growth was actually slowing rather than increasing at an alarming rate.
And now there’s a third such report, looking at internet backbone traffic and noting that there’s little to worry about:
For the second consecutive year, the rate of underlying international Internet capacity deployment outpaced global Internet traffic growth, leading to lower utilization levels on many Internet backbones. Between 2007 and 2008, average traffic utilization levels decreased from 31 percent to 29 percent while peak utilization fell from 44 percent to 43 percent.
Yet, if you listen to telco lobbyists, execs and politicians, they’d have you believe that over the past couple of years, the growth of BitTorrent and internet video was flooding the networks. Hopefully, with so many reports pointing out the opposite, politicians will finally start pushing back the next time a lobbyist or exec starts claiming that the internet is at risk of running out of bandwidth.