Participating Internet Service Providers have installed a common tool to measure traffic at their interconnects, the points where ISPs exchange traffic with the greater Internet. This effort includes multiple ISPs, providing direct information on the capacity and utilization of interconnect links. All data and visualizations are of ingress capacity and utilization.
Across the 1,200+ links included in the data set, which represent the diverse and broadly substitutable routes available for Internet traffic flows, the Project reveals that capacity is roughly 50% utilized during peak periods, and that capacity continues to grow to address continued traffic growth. Further segmentation and analysis of the data is available, which will be regularly refreshed to provide a dynamic picture of how the Internet is evolving.
CITP and the participating ISPs will annually assess whether the project remains relevant as Internet interconnection continues to evolve.
The Interconnection Measurement Project
Building on the release of the March 11 working paper, today, CITP launches the Interconnection Measurement Project. The initiative includes the launch of a project specific website and the ongoing collection, analysis, and release of capacity and utilization data measured at interconnection points for seven ISPs who collectively serve approximately half of all US broadband subscribers.