New Internet speed record of 4.7 Gbps announced

How fast are your download speeds from your Internet service provider? No matter what it might be, we bet it's not even close to the new download Internet speed record that was first reported earlier this week.

The cable modem company Arris announced on Thursday that Kabel Deutschland, the largest cable provider in Germany, achieved a top download speed of 4.7 Gbps in a recent test.

The massive speed boost was achieved by combining two of Arris's cable modems, each of which accessed eight bonded Annex A (8 MHz) channels. The Assis press release says that this was a real world test; the download speeds were achieved via a cable plant in a school located in Schwerin, Germany. It might have helped that Kabel Deutschland also upgraded that cable plant to 862 MHz.

According to Kabel Deutschland's Chief Technology Officer Lorenz Glatz:

Using this technology, a feature length movie could theoretically be downloaded in 8 seconds – at speeds faster than a standard laptop or modem can even process – demonstrating that today's broadband cable network is already a high performance and sustainable infrastructure offering huge untapped potential.

Even though this new top speed was achieved using fairly normal technology, it's likely going to be quite a while before regular Internet subscribers get access to these kinds of speeds.

Source: Arris press release

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and yet the fastest available here is 100mbps through comcast, but thats $199 a month, so Im with their 24mbps/1.5mbps service

Jose_49 said,
Darn!
I betcha 100 bucks that the computer will lag just to react of the download speed

Now that I think about it, a traditional hard drive would actually bottleneck that connection speed. Weird how we can now send things across vast distances faster than we can between some components within a PC.

That's nice.
While many countries are still on less than 5Mb - what's the point?
Like Microsoft / EA / Others need to accept not everyone is able to be connected to the internet all the time.

The only news here is the 4.7Gbps over COAX CABLE. This speed is crap compared to the 100Gbps Verizon has on some of there backbone connections between city's over fiber or the 10Gbps they have trialed using FiOS to homes.

By way of Ars Technica:
the news site ISPreview notes that speeds of 40Gbps were deployed in a home in Sweden in 2007. It also turns out Verizon hit 10Gpbs both upstream and down in a field test two years ago.

articuno1au said,
By way of Ars Technica:
the news site ISPreview notes that speeds of 40Gbps were deployed in a home in Sweden in 2007. It also turns out Verizon hit 10Gpbs both upstream and down in a field test two years ago.

Yeah I was gonna say, this really isn't news at all, JANET says they have a combined throughput of 7Gbps for UK schools and education, so 4.7 is actually pretty weak and definately not a record but john posted it so there's no surprise it's wrong.

n_K said,

Yeah I was gonna say, this really isn't news at all, JANET says they have a combined throughput of 7Gbps for UK schools and education, so 4.7 is actually pretty weak and definately not a record but john posted it so there's no surprise it's wrong.

We had two dedicated 10 Gbps pipes at Dreamhack Summer 2011 provided by Telia. Home owners in Sweden can easily get 1 Gbps lines as well. I agree with you this is not really new or any ground breaking news.

n_K said,
but john posted it so there's no surprise it's wrong.

It's a record because it's not fibre. The records you are referring to are.

We're talking about cheap off the shelf coax and thus the ability to massively boost existing infrastructure without making extensive and expensive re-wirings.

articuno1au said,
By way of Ars Technica:
the news site ISPreview notes that speeds of 40Gbps were deployed in a home in Sweden in 2007. It also turns out Verizon hit 10Gpbs both upstream and down in a field test two years ago.

They wrote the wrong title. Speed record for cable internet.

MiukuMac said,

It's a record because it's not fibre. The records you are referring to are.

We're talking about cheap off the shelf coax and thus the ability to massively boost existing infrastructure without making extensive and expensive re-wirings.


Most ISPs already have fiber infrastructure in place. Its usually fiber to the node and then coax to your house (unless you have a good ISP thats fiber all the way).

PalletTown said,
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PalletTown said,

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PalletTown said,

Damn phone, I max out at 1.2mbps

I see what you mean, frequent disconnections too

WinA said,
WOW! At home i have 5MB/1MB

I assume you mean 5Mb(ps)/1Mb(ps)? At the moment I'm content with my 120Mbps download speed but the upload could be improved from 1.2Mbps