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Indian internet exchanges spike in traffic amid COVID-19

Internet exchanges in India have been recording significant rises in peak traffic as more and more people start working from home due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Extreme IX, Mumbai IX, and the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) have been recording sharp increases of up to 100Gbps in traffic. Note that these exchanges don't necessarily capture all internet traffic in India, but do count for major peered companies like Facebook, Google, Cloudflare, and Amazon Web Services, which serve a significant share of this traffic. User JB700 on India Broadband Forum first spotted the surge on Extreme IX, noting that his internet speed was limited to a fifth of his advertised 100Mbps connection when doing a test on a Singapore sever last night (I observed a similar slump in my 125Mbps connection). As the weeks go and more people start…

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