new statistics on global Internet capacity and utilization for fans of the "big picture." (Click the chart to enlarge).
Total international capacity is up to 77 Tbps, a 40% increase over last year. Average international internet traffic grew 35% in 2012, down from 39% in 2011, and peak traffic grew 33%, compared to the 57% in 2011.
The growth rate is slowing due to caching in content delivery networks and increasing saturation of broadband markets in developed nations, but broadband adoption in developing nations, the spread of Internet video and increased mobile connectivity will fuel growth for many years to come.
You can drill down for details on individual cables on this interactive map.
we've come a long way since the first undersea cable in 1858.