After one month of lockdown in Italy, we can now get a clearer overview of what has happened to Internet traffic.
The Italian situation has consolidated an average of 30-40% growth, referenced to the main IXPs of our country. As we can see in the Namex, TOP-IX, VSIX and MIX graphs, there was a clear surge in traffic after March 10th. Namex, for example, has seen its traffic increased by nearly 30%, driving some of our members to request an increase in their peering capacity, in light of this situation. After one week we had already expanded our global capacity by 30%; at the moment, we have allocated 330 Gbps of capacity to new ports for our members and the resulting overall capacity is now adequate for the amount of traffic passing through our infrastructure.
Where is the traffic going?
In the last 5 years, peak traffic at Namex has always been measured in late evening hours, visibly exceeding the afternoon traffic peaks during business hours. Specifically, Namex traffic peak was between 21:00 and 23:00, especially from content providers of video and live streaming. Since the beginning of the lockdown we have been observing a clear change in traffic patterns.
The afternoon traffic is now at the same level as the evening traffic. Moreover, not only the quantities but also the typology of traffic has changed since the beginning of the lockdown. The massive use of cloud services, media sharing and video calls are visibly changing the way Internet traffic is flowing through the peering platform; in particular we are observing a huge increase in traffic from access providers, due to our having changed the way we work and interact with our colleagues and friends.
At Namex we are strongly committed to continually doing our part to guarantee the smooth functioning of the Italian infrastructure and we are thankful to all the people at work these days keeping network services up and running, allowing everyone to stay connected.