Industry association warns that internet is near capacity


Industry association warns that internet is near capacity

Antony Savvas

The US Internet Industry Association (USIIA) has warned that the current internet infrastructure may be reaching capacity.

The USIIA says huge rises in data growth, fuelled by online video and increasingly popular Web 2.0 applications, means the backbone infrastructure of the web could be reaching breaking point.

As a result, says the industry body, network investment is now a “national priority."

A USIIA report on the problem has been published just days after Virgin Media confirmed that it has begun implementing capacity restrictions for around 5% of its broadband users to manage bandwidth during peak times.

Geoff Bennett, director of product marketing at optical networking firm Infinera, said, “The findings of this research should come as no surprise to operators, businesses, or any internet user who has suffered unexpected site crashes.

“It is an undeniable fact that growing demand for video, IPTV and other bandwidth-guzzling applications is placing an overwhelming level of strain on internet backbones,” said Bennett.

Bennett said UK internet service providers should do their bit to increase capacity, rather than “impose authoritarian usage restrictions on their users."

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