DE-CIX in Frankfurt has set a new record for data throughput at peak times. It reached 10 Terabits per second, after 8 pm yesterday evening, 3 November. At the beginning of March,DE-CIX Frankfurt reached the record-breaking 9 Terabit-per-second mark.
10 Terabits per second
With more than 1000 connected customers, DE-CIX in Frankfurt maintains its position as one of the largest Internet Exchanges in the world. Additionally, DE-CIX locations in New York, Madrid, Marseille, Istanbul, and Dubai have also achieved new records for throughput at peak times.
Dr. Thomas King, CTO at DE-CIX talked about the record, saying,
“As a result of the coronavirus, digitalization has been boosted at all levels. We see in particular that large enterprises and listed corporations are currently adapting their interconnection strategies and are specifically seeking consultations and investigating the possibility of data exchange at and via Internet Exchanges like DE-CIX. With all eyes on the US election this week, a further impact on traffic has been felt around the world. It has already been made clear that the Internet can withstand massive loads – like those of a global lock-down. Now is the time to increase the quality of the Internet maximally, right through to the end-user.”
What does a data throughput of 10 Terabits per second mean?
- One Terabit per second, Tbit/s or Tbps, is a dimension for the transmission speed of data.
- 10 Terabits per second corresponds to the simultaneous transmission of up to 2.2 million videos in HD quality or a data volume of more than 2.2 billion A4 pages of text (a stack of paper close to 220 kilometers high).
- 1 Terabit per second is 103 Gbit/s, 106 Mbit/s, 109 Kbit/s or 1012 bit/s, i.e. 1,000,000,000,000 bit/s.
- The next lowest data rates are measured in Gigabits per second (Gbit/s) and Megabits per second (Mbit/s).