Internet Traffic Begins to Bypass the U.S.

Rod Beck Rod.Beck at
Mon Sep 15 08:19:38 CDT 2008

Hi Francois, 

The answer is yes. The cost of reaching Asian via the US was and is still much lower than via the cables that hug the Africain cost. 

And since Europe had a lot of traffic terminating in the US, it made more sense to throw it all that way than split into two major routes. 

Finally, a lot of European traffic is handed off to Asian backbones at the US West Coast peering points. There is no need to carry all the way to Asian since the Asian carriers have a huge presense at PAIX and other West Coast sites. 


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