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Swedish Woman Connects @ 40Gbps!
By: MarkJ - 13 July, 2007 (9:17 AM)

Sigbritt Löthberg's, a 75 year old Swedish woman from Karlstad, has entered the history books thanks to her new 40Gbps Internet connection! But don't get too excited, this is more of publicity stunt than a practical service.. at least for now:

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.

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.

It's enough to make UK ISP's weep and we're unlikely to see anything similar over here for a good few years, although even when we do the prospect of a 40Gbps “home” package is laughable.

The kind of speeds being talked about are faster than most computers can handle, not to mention that the current infrastructure couldn't possibly cope; good fun though. More @ The Local (Swedish newspaper).

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