IAA has seen a more than 30% increase in aggregate traffic across our IXs over the last two weeks. Previously, it would have taken 6 to 12 months for this sort of growth.
Rather than the usual traffic pattern, the increase is hitting the internet right across the day. With businesses and schools changing the way they work, and migrating almost entirely to streaming and telecommuting, residential services are bulking up during the day. We are also experiencing greater than normal peaks during the evening between 7pm and 9pm.
“People are clearly adjusting to life at home and we’ve seen a massive increase in usage over the last fortnight,” says IAA General Manager, Narelle Clark.
“We normally peak at just over 500Gbps in aggregate across all the exchanges, but last Friday night we almost hit 700Gbps. This is great news for social distancing efforts, and we are working around the clock to ensure all services remain reliable and uncongested.”