Internet traffic passing through the
facilities of The London Internet Exchange (LINX) - which handles more
than 90 per cent of the UK’s Internet data flow - last week burst
though the level of 5 gigabits per second. That equates to 300,000
average e-mail messages per second.
This is more than three times the level
at which it started 2000. Traffic passed the 3 Gbit/second level in
June 2000 and 4 Gbit/second in October.
Mike Hughes, head of network architecture
at LINX, said: “A good rule of thumb through the late 1990s was that
traffic doubled every 100 days. We have seen a slight slowing down in
growth over the past twelve months by that standard - but we are still
adding 1Gbit/second every three months or so.
"We are anticipating this growth
trend to continue, as the Internet continues to play an increasing
part in more and more lives daily. The growth of unmetered and
broadband Internet access is encouraging home use, while at work more
mature and established companies are adding e-commerce and
Internet-based applications to their existing operations."
LINX is currently seeking to recruit
additional network engineering staff to develop and manage the
infrastructure needed to handle the growing volume of traffic.
Bart Tillmans, marketing director EMEA of
Internet hardware manufacturer Extreme Networks commented: "This record level rate of traffic is a
significant indicator of existing business needs. Extreme Networks has
been an integral part of the LINX infrastructure since the launch of
our Summit48 in June 1999. The foundation of our Summit platform,
based on one architecture and unmatched simplicity, scalabilty and
control characteristics, has been a great benefit to LINX in
supporting this unmatched growth scenario."
"Additionally, with the recent
seamless upgrade of the LINX infrastructure with Extreme Networks
Summit Inferno functionality, future increase in the exchange capacity
has been secured.”