As it happens, TeleGeography Inc. also picked this week to publish a study of supply and demand for international IP bandwidth in the region.
On the demand side, the study shows that the average IP bandwidth per user is 70 percent lower in the new EU states than in the rest of Europe, but the gap is closing. International backbone capacity to the 10 new members increased 293 percent between 2001 and 2003, compared with 167 percent in the original 15, according to Telegeography.
On the supply side, the study indicates oodles of spare capacity in the fiber backbones already installed between major cities, throughout the whole of Europe. The table below shows that only a small fraction of the lit capacity is currently being used in IP backbones, and that a lot of fiber hasn’t been lit yet.
|Amount of IP bandwidth (Gbit/s)||Capacity of lit fiber (Gbit/s)||Potential capacity of lit and unlit fiber (Gbit/s)||Number of Bandwidth Providers|
|Old EU Cities|
|New EU Cities|
|Potential EU Cities|
|Source: Telegeography, International Bandwidth 2004|
— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading