WASHINGTON, DC – Oct. 16, 2002 — The evolution of the global Internet took a new turn in 2002. Since the invention of the Web browser, international IP bandwidth deployments have more than doubled each year. New data released by research firm TeleGeography reveals that in 2002, however, the growth rate of international Internet bandwidth slowed to just under 40 percent. The aggregate capacity between some major cities even shrank.
The maturing Internet markets of Europe contributed most directly to the global deceleration of international Internet capacity growth. Europe, which accounts for 82 percent of the world’s cross-border bandwidth, experienced an international capacity increase of only 35 percent, a steep decline from the 191 percent growth rate recorded in 2001. The slowdown was not unique to Europe, however. Latin America’s international Internet capacity grew only 65 percent in 2002 after skyrocketing 471 percent in the previous year, while Asia’s Internet bandwidth crept up 55 percent for the year, compared to 122 percent in 2001.
"A generally conservative approach to deployments of new capacity accounted for a significant portion of the global slowdown. However, much of the global deceleration came as a result of corporate financial distress, with bankruptcies leading to partial or complete network shutdowns," said Alan Mauldin, Senior Research Analyst at TeleGeography. "Considering how much bandwidth was taken offline by companies like Energis, Carrier1, KPNQwest, and Teleglobe, it’s amazing that international Internet capacity grew at all." KPNQwest, for example, shut down a European network accounting for 192 Gbps of international Internet capacity.
International Internet Bandwidth by Region, 2000-2002 (Mbps) 2000 2001 2002 Africa 649 1,231 2,118 Asia 22,965 51,044 78,584 Europe 232,317 675,348 909,159 Latin America 2,785 15,893 26,287 U.S. & Canada 112,222 272,187 381,904 Note: Data represent Internet bandwidth (not traffic) connected across international borders as of mid-year. Domestic routes are omitted. From: Global Internet Geography 2003 Source: TeleGeography, Inc.
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About TeleGeography: Washington, D.C.-based TeleGeography, Inc. is the authoritative source for international telecom statistics and analysis. An independent subsidiary of Band-X Ltd., TeleGeography publishes reports, databases, and maps used by thousands of leading communication companies, consultancies, and financial institutions in over 100 countries. TeleGeography’s flagship report — the self-titled TeleGeography series — has been published annually since 1989.