How big is the Internet?

Scott Howard scott at
Wed Aug 14 18:29:48 UTC 2013

To paraphrase Douglas Adams...

"The Internet is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly,
hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way
down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space!"


On Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM, Sean Donelan <sean at> wrote:

> Researchers have complained for years about the lack of good
> statistics about the internet for a couple fo decades, since the
> end of NSFNET statistics.
> What are the current estimates about the size of the Internet, all IP
> networks including managed IP and private IP, and all telecommunications
> including analog voice, video, sensor data, etc?
> CAIDA, ITU, Telegeography and some vendors like Cisco have released
> forecasts and estimates.  There are occasional pieces of information
> stated by companies in their investor documents (SEC 10-K, etc).

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