# Thread: Internet Speed Record Broken.

1. The world record for the transfer of data across the Internet has been claimed by telecommunications company Sprint and the Swedish National Research and Education Network.

The two organizations announced late last week that they had managed to send nearly 840 gigabytes of data across a distance of 16,346 kilometers (10,157 miles) in less than 27 minutes, at an average speed of 4.23 gigabits per second.

This was equal to 69,073 terabit meters per second (or 69,073 trillion bits sent through one meter in a second), which exceeded the previous record set by CalTech and CERN earlier this year.

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3. So, is that faster than AOL dialup?

4. Pfft, my 56K pwns that.

Wonder what that would cost?

6. Wait - I thought all data travels at the speed of light ? They just found a way to send more data at the same speed over the same time. Or am I totally wrong ?

7. good answer fred....it all travels the same speed, just depends on the lines.

8. Originally posted by wontellyagen@5 July 2004 - 00:24
it all travels the same speed, just depends on the lines.
uh..?

9. Originally posted by mogadishu+5 July 2004 - 07:11--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (mogadishu @ 5 July 2004 - 07:11)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-wontellyagen@5 July 2004 - 00:24
it all travels the same speed, just depends on the lines.
uh..? [/b][/quote]
Picture a highway. All cars - or bits - travel at the same speed. Now, a 56k line will be a highway with just one lane - all cars travel at the same speed, but only x number of cars can get from the start to the end of the highway in a given period of time.

ISDN would be a highway with two lanes. All cars still travel at the same speed, but twice as many cars can get from the start to the end in the same period of time.

What these scientists have done is create a highway with *hundreds* of lanes - all the cars still have the same speed, but far more can make the journey at once.

Geddit ?

10. So my cable line is full of cars?

I&#39;d think it would be bigger then.

11. I&#39;m more amazed by the fact that everyone&#39;s driving the exact same speed on the highway. Must not be any construction, or elderly drivers.

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