A 75-year-old Swedish woman has become the owner of the fastest residential broadband connection in the world.
Sigbritt Lothberg's 40 gigabits-per-second connection was set up for her by her son, Peter, a networking expert who works for Cisco Systems. Mr Lothberg said: "We wanted to show that that there are no limitations to internet speed. "She's a brand new internet user. She didn't even have a computer before."
A new modulation technique was used in setting up the connection, involving the sending of information between two routers spaced 1,240 miles apart, with no transponders in between. Using her high-speed internet connection, Ms. Lothberg could download an entire movie in less than two seconds. This is thousands of times faster than a regular residential connection.
Ms. Lothberg lives in Karlstad in central Sweden and mainly uses her connection to read online newspapers. The average residential internet connection speed is eight Mbps.
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