Fastest internet connection
Alcatel-Lucent, British Telecom
1.4 terabits per second (Tb/s) total number
United Kingdom ()

In January 2014, scientists in the UK achieved a real-world internet connection speed of 1.4 terabits per seconds (0.175 terabytes per second) using commercial-grade fibre-optic cable. The test was performed on a 410-km (255-mile) underground link between the BT Tower in London and the city of Ipswich on the English east coast, with the cooperation of the companies Alcatel-Lucent and British Telecom.

The speed achieved here would allow you to download 44 uncompressed HD movies in one second, or the whole English version text of Wikipedia in 0.06 seconds.

Although higher connection speed were registered with particular equipment (see, for instance, the fastest optical speed transmission), this was the first time that such speed connection was achieved in the “real world”, i.e., using commercial-grade hardware.

1 terabit (Tb) corresponds to 0.125 TeraBytes (TB), which are 12,500,000,000 Bytes.