Internet capacity: New data flows highlight the relative decline of the West

Global internet traffic continues to soar, according to new data from TeleGeography, a research firm (see chart). Over the past five years the amount of active capacity on subsea cables has grown threefold, the fastest spurt since the internet went mainstream more than a decade ago. Then, the majority of traffic flowed between America and Europe. Now trans-Atlantic bandwidth accounts for only a quarter of the capacity in use. The fastest growing region for traffic is Asia.Intra-Asian connections have overtaken trans-Pacific ones, mirroring Asia’s economic “decoupling” from America. New undersea cable links for sub-Saharan Africa have given the continent more connectivity at lower cost.

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