China launches the world’s fastest internet with 1.2 terabit per second link, can transmit 150 4K movies per second
While American internet users are currently experiencing an average download speed of around 213 Mbps and an upload speed of 23 Mbps, China has just launched the world’s fastest internet, boasting an impressive 1.2 terabits per second link, as reported by FirstPost. This groundbreaking achievement allows the network to transmit 150 4K movies in less than a second and deliver all of Netflix’s global content.
In a groundbreaking development, China claims to have achieved the world’s fastest internet, exceeding global expectations with the launch of the first next-generation fiber internet service, surpassing global expectations and it is ten times faster than its closest rivals, the US and South Korea.
This new backbone network spans over 3,000 kilometers over 3,000 kilometers of optical fiber cabling, connecting Beijing, Wuhan, and Guangzhou. Currently, the US broadband speeds are sixth in the world.
Launched officially on Monday after activation in July, the network has successfully undergone all operational tests, marking a significant milestone in internet technology. The collaborative effort behind this accomplishment involved Tsinghua University, China Mobile, Huawei Technologies, and Cernet Corporation, FirstPost reported.
Contrary to industry predictions anticipating the emergence of 1 terabit per second ultra-high-speed networks by 2025, this Chinese network has already achieved speeds of 1.2 terabits per second. Currently, most internet backbone networks worldwide operate at 100 gigabits per second, with the US completing the transition to its fifth-generation Internet2 at 400 gigabits per second.
Despite claims of Japan’s 319 terabits per second as the world’s fastest internet speed, the story we covered back in 2021, it’s crucial to note that this record was achieved within a university campus on an intranet network, not on a commercial scale.
The Beijing-Wuhan-Guangzhou connection is part of China’s ambitious Future Internet Technology Infrastructure (FITI) project, a decade-long initiative and the latest iteration of the national China Education and Research Network (Cernet).
Wu Jianping, the FITI project leader from the Chinese Academy of Engineering, emphasized that this superfast line not only operated successfully but also equipped China with the advanced technology needed for an even faster internet. Huawei Technologies vice-president Wang Lei highlighted the network’s capability to transfer the data equivalent of 150 high-definition films in just one second during a press conference at Tsinghua University.
Xu Mingwei of Tsinghua University, comparing the new internet backbone to a superfast train track, explained that it replaces the need for 10 regular tracks to carry the same amount of data, resulting in a more cost-effective and manageable system.
These backbone networks are crucial for national education and research, meeting the growing demand for data transfer from applications like connected electric vehicles and mines utilizing industrial 5G technology.
Initiated in 2013 and supported by the government, managed by the Education Ministry, and involving 40 other universities, the FITI project underscores China’s commitment to reducing its reliance on the US and Japan for routers and other components of internet technology. Notably, all software and hardware for this system are domestically produced, showcasing advancements in routers, switches, and optical fiber connections achieved by the technical research team, which developed its own superfast router capable of handling unprecedented data volumes.