Elections and the World Cup push Belgian Internet traffic over 100 Gigabits per second

Belgian National Internet eXchange BNIX has registered more Internet traffic due to online TV viewing and a rise in mobile Internet usage.

During the elections and the football World Cup, BNIX (Belgian National Internet eXchange), the heart of the Belgian Internet, passed the 100 Gigabits per second (Gbit/s) mark for the first time. It is the first time in BNIX's nineteen-year existence that Belgian Internet traffic has reached this volume.

Jan Torreele, Director of Belnet: "The reason for the record is that the elections and the World Cup were hot topics in Belgium. In addition, more and more people are watching television online, and using their tablet or smartphone to connect to the Internet. If you consult the websites of various media, such as newspapers and television, a large proportion of this traffic passes via the BNIX network."

Up to 10 times more Internet traffic during and just after World Cup matches

In Belgium, BNIX improves the speed and quality of IP traffic between more than 50 participants including Internet Service Providers (such as Belgacom and Telenet); content providers (like Akamai); hosting companies (like OVH) and large companies (such as the VRT). The largest participants recorded up to ten times more Internet traffic during and immediately after the World Cup matches.

Because the Internet traffic, including via mobile devices, and the number of connections continue to rise, BNIX is upgrading its platform in 2015. Participants will benefit from even greater bandwidth, throughput, stability and faster traffic.

Faster, more efficient and cheaper

"BNIX makes the Internet traffic in Belgium faster, cheaper and more efficient," says Jan Torreele. “Participants on the network enter into contracts with each other for the exchange of Internet traffic, and therefore do not need to rely on foreign, more expensive transit providers. Moreover, the BNIX platform is 100% reliable and extremely stable.”

BNIX is managed by Belnet, the Belgian national research network.