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Internet speed record smashed

| Posted: Mar 8, 2003 12:48 pm

 

The BBC reports that scientists have set a new internet speed record by transferring 6.7 gigabytes of data across 10,978 kilometres (6,800 miles), from Sunnyvale in the US to Amsterdam in Holland, in less than one minute.

Using a quantity of data equivalent to two feature-length DVD-quality movies, the transfer was accomplished at an average speed of more than 923 megabits per second, or more than 3,500 times faster than a typical home broadband connection.

 

The data was sent across the Internet2 network, which is operated by a consortium of 200 universities working together in a worldwide effort to develop and deploy tomorrow's internet.

 

It is intended to connect and serve research and educational institutions at transmission speeds that allow near-instant transfer of hundreds of megabytes of data.

 

More information @ BBCi

 

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