Microsoft makes more money and Apple is worth more on the stock market but when it comes to Internet traffic only one name counts and that is Google.
This is according to a new analysis by Arbor Networks using its Atlas system, following on from similar reports of the search giant's growing domination of Internet traffic in the last year.
In June 2007, Google's share of global traffic was somewhere between one per cent and 2.5 per cent, which by last October had grown to around five per cent with peaks of as much as 10 per cent. Arbor's latest figures show that this has now risen to an average level of 6.4 per cent, and as much as 12 per cent of if Google Global Cache (GGC) is factored in.
"If Google were an ISP, as of this month it would rank as the second largest carrier on the planet," says a blog by Arbor's Craig Labovitz of a company that is not even in the ISP business.
The engine for this growth is not only the success of Google's bandwidth-consuming consumer video sites such as YouTube, or its rising cloud presence, but the way it peers directly to traffic partners.
The company now peers its data centres with 70 per cent of all providers around the globe, up by between five per cent and 10 per cent on last year.
"In fact, the only remaining major group of ISPs without direct Google peering are several of the tier1s and national PTTs many of whom will not settlement-free peer with Google due to regulatory prohibitions or commercial strategy" notes Labovitz.
Exactly what all this adds up to is as moot as it was when Arbor's 2009 figures focussed minds on Google's 'traffic-bending' power. There is a feeling that Google's influence must be shaping the core of what the Internet is not least because anyone without a direct peer to it is at some kind of disadvantage.
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