Published on November 16, 2023, 10:49 pm

China Surpasses Expectations With World’S Fastest Internet Speed

China Surpasses Expectations with World’s Fastest Internet Speed

China has recently revealed that it now possesses the fastest internet speed in the world, far surpassing technology forecasts. The country has developed a groundbreaking backbone network capable of reaching 1.2 terabits (1,200 gigabits) per second across a 1,860-mile line. Experts had not expected networks to achieve such speeds until around 2025, making China’s achievement a remarkable leap forward.

The fiber optic cabling responsible for this breakthrough connects Beijing in the north, central China’s Wuhan, and Guangzhou in the southern province of Guangdong. This impressive feat is the result of strategic collaboration between Tsinghua University, China Mobile, Huawei Technologies, and Cernet Corporation. The network was activated in July and officially launched on Monday.

Tsinghua University proudly states that their “stable and reliable” 1.2 terabit-per-second line has undergone various tests to verify its exceptional speed. Vice-President Wang Lei of Huawei Technologies highlights that this remarkable infrastructure is capable of transferring data equivalent to 150 4K films in just one second.

It is worth noting that all components used to create this network were developed domestically within China. This includes a cutting-edge next-generation internet core router designed specifically to handle superfast speeds effectively.

This high-speed network is part of China’s Future Internet Technology Infrastructure (FITI) project, which aims to connect 40 universities spread across 35 cities using IPv6-only technology. The project provides an open research and test platform for future internet architecture development.

Comparatively speaking, most of the world’s internet backbone networks currently operate at 100 gigabits per second. The United States upgraded to its fifth-generation Internet2 service last year, increasing speeds to 400 gigabits/s. In February, rival company Nokia claimed it had achieved 1.2 terabits per second over “metro distances” on an optical network in Europe.

Although China’s network speed is undeniably impressive, it is worth mentioning that even faster small-scale data transfer speeds have been achieved previously. In 2021, researchers from the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT) in Japan reached an incredible speed of 319 terabits per second across an intranet network. This achievement was made possible by utilizing wavelength division multiplexing technology with different amplifier techniques.

It is also important to note that the world record for data transfer speed stands at 1.84 petabits per second, which was set by scientists from the Technical University of Denmark. They accomplished this feat using a single computer chip as a light source and a single fiber-optic cable as the transmission channel during their experiment.

China’s recent announcement showcases its commitment to technological advancement and innovation. With its newly established high-speed internet infrastructure, China has proven itself as a frontrunner in the race for global digital connectivity.


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