A 75 year old woman from Sweden has been supplied with the world’s fastest home internet connection. Sigbritt Löthberg's connection is an astonishing 40 gigabits per second and is the first time a home user has such a high bandwidth to use.
To put this speed into perspective, the average broadband speed in the UK is 2.6 megabits per second and the highest possible in the UK is between 20 -24 megabits per second. Sigbritt Löthberg's connection is 2 thousand times fast than the fastest speed achievable in the UK.
Sigbritt has never owned a computer before until recently, but she just happens to be the mother of local internet legend Peter Löthberg, who along with Karlstad Stadsnät (the local council’s network arm) organised 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,"
According to Swedish internet site The Local, Sigbritt will also be able to enjoy 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously. Or alternatively she can download a full HD DVD in just 2 seconds.
This incredibly fast connection is made possible by a modulation technique that allows data to be transferred directly between 2 routers up to 2,000 kilometres apart, with no intermediary transponders. And according to Karlstad Stadsnät, the distance in theory is unlimited as there is no data lost as long as the fibres are 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.
According to the team behind this super-fast broadband technology, apparently the most difficult part of the whole project was installing Windows onto Sigbritt’s computer!
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