China has beaten a global deadline, launching the world’s first next-generation internet service – more than 10 times faster than existing major routes – two years ahead of industry predictions. The backbone network – so called because it forms a principal data route between cities – can transmit data at 1.2 terabits (1,200 gigabits) per second between Beijing in the north, central China’s Wuhan and Guangzhou in the southern province of Guangdong.
The line, which spans more than 3,000km (1,860 miles) of optical fibre cabling, was activated in July and officially launched on Monday, after performing reliably and passing all operational tests.
The achievement – a collaboration between Tsinghua University, China Mobile, Huawei Technologies, and Cernet Corporation – smashes expert forecasts that 1 terabit per second ultra-high-speed networks would not emerge until around 2025.
FITI project leader Wu Jianping from the Chinese Academy of Engineering said the superfast line was “not only a successful operation”, but also gives China the “advanced technology to build an even faster internet”.
Huawei Technologies vice-president Wang Lei told the same press conference at Tsinghua University on Monday that the network was “capable of transferring the data equivalent of 150 high-definition films in just one second”.
Tsinghua University’s Xu Mingwei compared the new internet backbone to a superfast train track that had replaced the 10 regular tracks that used to carry the same amount of data. This made it much cheaper and easier to manage, he said.
The company has launched the world's first next generation fiber internet service. Its speed is said to be 10 times more than America and South Korea.
Spanning more than 3,000 kilometers of optical fiber cabling, the new backbone network transmits data at 1.2 terabits (1,200 gigabits) per second. The network connects Beijing in the north, Wuhan in central China and Guangzhou in the southern province of Guangdong.
Let us tell you that many industry experts had predicted the launch of 1 terabit per second ultra-high-speed network around 2025. Most of the world's Internet backbone networks currently operate at 100 gigabits per second, with the US recently following suit.
FITI project leader Wu Jianping from the Chinese Academy of Engineering said that the superfast line has not only operated successfully, but China is working to create even faster internet.
However, Japan holds the record for the fastest data transfer in the world. During testing conducted in the lab of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NIICT) here, the internet speed was 319 terabytes (TB) per second.
Earlier in a similar test last year, this speed was 178 terabyte (TB) per second. With this speed, 57,000 movies can be downloaded in one second. American space agency NASA also uses internet speed of 440 gigabytes per second.