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40Gb/s Internet: And I Thought My ISP Was Improving Quick!

This Article Is Sponored By You! | Sunday, July 15, 2007 by Salman Siddiqui | Comments
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Slowly moving from dial-up to 256 Kb/s broadband and then to 2 Mb/s Broadband for general Internet users, I had started to think that India is soon going to catch up with other countries which are already providing T1 connection to there Internet users. But sometimes targets never seem to inch closer even when you are working "very" hard.

A 75 year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been thrust into the IT history books - with the world's fastest Internet connection.

Sigbritt Löthberg's home has been supplied with a blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection, many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user has experienced such a high speed.

But Sigbritt, who had never had a computer until now, is no ordinary 75 year old. She is the mother of Swedish Internet legend Peter Löthberg who, along with Karlstad Stadsnät, the local council's network arm, has arranged the connection.

"This is more than just a demonstration," said network boss Hafsteinn Jonsson.

"As a network owner we're trying to persuade Internet operators to invest in faster connections. And Peter Löthberg wanted to show how you can build a low price, high capacity line over long distances," he told The Local.

Sigbritt will now be able to enjoy 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously. Or, if there is nothing worth watching there, she will be able to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds.

The secret behind Sigbritt's ultra-fast connection is a new modulation technique which allows data to be transferred directly between two routers up to 2,000 kilometres apart, with no intermediary transponders.

According to Karlstad Stadsnät the distance is, in theory, unlimited - there is no data loss as long as the fibre is in place.

"I want to show that there are other methods than the old fashioned ways such as copper wires and radio, which lack the possibilities that fibre has," said Peter Löthberg, who now works at Cisco.

Cisco contributed to the project but the point, said Hafsteinn Jonsson, is that fibre technology makes such high speed connections technically and commercially viable.

For those wondering what would one do with 40 Gb/s speed? Let me make it clear we are moving into the world of online TV. Such connections will provide fast streaming. Think about watching TV and playing PS3, all online!

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  1. Anonymous Tariq Says:

    Goodness me. that is jaw dropping indeed.

    but thats a misleading fact.

    she will never be able to use all that speed as the data sources will never be able to upload at that rate.. if the data centres all across the globe have uploading capacities such as that of Sigbritt, then it makes sense.

    otherwise, a pure marketing gimmick. *burries*

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