As Africa Gets Online, Europe Emerges As The New Global Internet Traffic Hub

Europe’s Famous Hostels Welcomes Five New Members

The company released a study Wednesday that shows how more and more cables are connecting in Europe because of the availability of large exchanges such as the Amsterdam and Frankfurt Internet exchanges. From the story: Europe is an attractive Internet hub because it is home to many large carriers and major Internet exchanges, and IP transit prices are among the lowest in the world, said TeleGeography analyst Paul Brodsky. New cable builds in Africa and the Middle East have enabled international operators to access inexpensive IP transit directly in European cities instead of connecting much further to the U.S. Subscribe to gigaom.com Overall the growth of global bandwidth is slowing, but operators still are adding 26 Tbps of capacity this year, more than even existed in 2009. But as the growth slows, the center of the bandwidth universe is shifting. International internet capacity connected to Europe increased by 18.5 Tbps in 2013, growing most rapidly between Europe and Africa. Europe now accounts for 94 percent of international internet bandwidth connected to North Africa, up from 61 percent ten years ago, and 72 percent of bandwidth connected to Sub-Saharan Africa, up from 39 percent a decade ago. Growth in European connectivity is equally sharp for the Middle East, which has seen its bandwidth connected to Europe increase from 51 percent to 85 percent in the past ten years. So Europe is in the right place for internet growth in the rest of the world, but its prices for transit are also lower because so many providers connect at internet exchange points on the continent. That competition between IXPs tends to lead to lower pricing. Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro:

You could see a price difference of $300-$400 compared with off-peak January travel. Sometimes the best strategy for Christmas travel is to look at finding the cheapest European destination you can by air, then fly into one city and out of another. You can get to your desired destination within Europe by low-cost airline, by rail or by car. You can also do a circle trip, in which you fly to one city in Europe, then fly to one or more cities within Europe before flying home from your final destination. On bestfares.com, you can look at prices for these trips under the multi-destination option. For airlines to determine a round-trip fare to qualify for what the industry calls an open-jaw ticket, the shortest flight segment usually must be at least half the distance of the longest segment. In Europe, almost any city would qualify for open-jaw tickets. To get the best fare, you should price a circle trip and an open-jaw with a single intra-Europe flight to see which option is cheapest for your itinerary. There are three seasons when we see discounts on business-class tickets to Europe, when fares can be up to 50 percent off normal business-class airfares. The cheapest business-class airfares we see just around the corner are over Thanksgiving. There are also discounted business-class airfares over the Christmas and New Years holidays and in summer. Business travel to Europe is slow during all of these times. When you are looking for fares, you may find cheaper business-class tickets from a different gateway city. There are often cheaper fares from hub cities like New York, Chicago and Miami, and the fare difference can make it worth purchasing a coach ticket to one of these cities and then a business-class ticket to Europe from the hub. The default when booking air tickets on bestfares.com is always economy, so make sure you are looking at business class and not first class, because first class will be sky-high.

You can stretch travel dollars to Europe with careful holiday bookings

ROME, ITALY, September 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ — Only in the last 3 months, no less than five more hostels have been added to the now 42-strong group of like-minded independent Hostels, and have taken the network out of the confines of Europe for the very first time. To add to its ever-growing list Europe’s Famous Hostels can now boast theHub in Kiev, Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem, Hush Hostel Istanbul, ArkaBarka in Belgrade and CityBackPackers in Stockholm. So whether you want to say your morning prayers at St. Sophias, navigate bazaars in the Old City, sip tea next to the Bosphorous or coffee with the locals in Gamla Stan, EFH now has all bases covered. The name Europe’s Famous Hostels has come to be mark of a high-standard, excellent value place to stay for all ages, and their aim is to create a network of hostels throughout Europe and beyond for travellers craving for a ‘one-stop-shop’ for hostel booking, where they can be assured of finding the best quality accommodation at the best price on the market. If you would like more information on the Europe’s Famous Hostels network, upcoming features or potential advertising opportunities and would like to request a media pack, please contact: info@famoushostels.com For more information on Europe’s Famous Hostels see: Europe’s Famous Hostels is an association of individually owned, independent hostels. The association was founded in 1995 when it was made up of just 5 members. As of 2013 we have grown to include 42 Hostels, both in Europe and beyond. Europe’s Famous Hostels’ purpose is to provide a recognisable stamp of quality in the Hostelling business. Our name comes as a guarantee that our customers will have a great stay at the best value; choosing a Europe’s Famous Hostel is choosing quality and great customer service. — Press release service and press release distribution provided by # # #