The world’s fastest Internet connection – owned by and old woman!

by Andi

Sigbritt Löthberg, a 75-year old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has made IT history. Her home is now connected to the Internet by a 40 Gbit/second pipe. Yes, this is 5 GB/second. So, in theory, a DVD would take less than a second to download. Or, put another way, it could hold 1500 simultaneous full HD streams.

The woman is the mother of Peter Löthberg. Peter is a famous network technician, and works for Cisco. He collaborated with Karlstad Stadsnät (The arm of the local administration who’s concerned with the city’s networking) to get this gig going.

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Peter Löthberg and his mother

If you’re wondering if this is practical, or just want to know WHY this has been done, read on.

Sigbritt Löthberg did not even have a computer until recently. Her son, together with Cisco and the Stadsnät wanted to demonstrate a new technology, and show people that they can all get extreme speed for relatively low costs.

The data is transfered exclusively via optic fiber wires. A new modulation technology allows transferring data at these blazing speeds without any repeaters for thousands of kilometers. Peter states that the maximum distance is virtually unlimited.

Of course, there’s yet no practical need for such speeds. No hard drive or SSD can write or even read at such speeds. Their regular data throughputs are mere fractions of what the connection can do.

As stated by Peter, the hardest part of setting up the connection was installing Windows on his mother’s new computer.

11 reviews or comments

tchrgrl Says: July 13, 2007 at 5:07 am

This is great ammo for those who oppose net neutrality.

tchrgrl Says: July 13, 2007 at 5:08 am

I meant to use against those who oppose net neutrality.

VampireFrost Says: July 13, 2007 at 12:59 pm

I want I don’t care of my computers cant handle it I so want.

Neagle Says: July 13, 2007 at 5:51 pm

40 Gbit/second pipe? Why? Can you imagine video conferencing in real time with no BS pixalation? Cable and Dish being in the history books as old tech? Why……

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mal Says: July 16, 2007 at 7:38 am

You can have as big of a pipeline as you want on the internet… but if you’re only going to be getting a trickle down your huge pipe then it’s more or less useless.
Oh and lets not forget the equipment needed just to get your computer to handle 40Gbps in the present day market.. Borrowed Cisco equipment for his mom? lol

AHMED Says: November 25, 2007 at 5:54 pm

I THINK I HAVE A MUCH HIGHER RECORD OF DOWNLOAD SPEED IN THE WORLD BECUZ I GOT A SPEED OF 2TB TETRABYTES PERSEC ON MY DOWNLOAD IN MY HOME NETWORK

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