London researchers test fastest broadband ever

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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This is the BT Tower in London, where the company ran the broadband test.

French networking company Alcatel-Lucent and BT have achieved the fastest broadband speed test ever. According to their reports, the companies managed to reach speeds of 1.4 terabits per second, which is fast enough to send about 44 HD films in a single second. These blazing fast speeds were achieved on a link about 255 miles long between 2 service provider buildings.

The companies were able to run their test using existing towers and fiber cables, which means making the switch to faster internet won’t be too expensive. “BT and Alcatel-Lucent are making more from what they’ve got,” explained Oliver Johnson, chief executive of broadband analyst firm Point Topic. “It allows them to increase their capacity without having to spend much more money.”

This fact is extremely important, especially because high-data websites such as Netflix have increased bandwidth by 35% every year. However, squeezing more data into a fiber line means there are more chances “for interference and for errors,” explained Johnson. It will be many years before regular consumers can experience this speed in their own homes.

Featured image courtesy of Junior Melo on Wikimedia. Image of BT Tower courtesy of encosion on Flickr.