TeleGeography: Recession is having minimal effect on Internet growth

The Internet continues to thumb its nose at the current recession. According to new data from TeleGeography, international Internet traffic grew 79 percent in 2009, up from a 61 percent growth rate in 2008. Leading this year's Internet growth so far have been emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, South Asia and the Middle East, where Internet traffic hit the 100 percent growth mark. But established markets also fared well, as Internet traffic in both the U.S. and Canada grew 59 percent this year.     

Although some telecom industry watchers initially thought the worldwide recession would drive service providers to reduce network infrastructure and drive up network congestion, TeleGeography reports that while some carriers may have put network upgrades on hold, they have not necessarily cancelled their plans. "While some operators have postponed network upgrades, investments in new capacity have continued, and aggregate peak utilization remains well within historical ranges," said TeleGeography Research Director Alan Mauldin in a release.

For more:
- see the TeleGeography release here

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