Chinese entities, including China Mobile, Huawei Technologies, and Cernet Corporation, have introduced what they claim to be the world’s most advanced and fastest internet network in Beijing. This groundbreaking technology boasts a data transmission rate of 1.2 terabits (1,200 gigabits) per second, which is 10 times faster than existing major routes and can transfer data from 150 movies in just one second.
The ‘backbone network’ spans over 3,000 kilometers of optical fiber cabling, connecting major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Wuhan, and Guangzhou. Officially launched on November 13, the network is a result of collaboration between Huawei, China Mobile, Beijing’s Tsinghua University, and Cernet. The education and research network, funded by the Chinese government, plays a crucial role in China’s decade-long initiative for Future Internet Technology Infrastructure.
While most major internet networks worldwide operate at 100 gigabits per second, this new network operates at an impressive speed of 1,200 gigabits per second. The development aligns with President Xi Jinping’s vision to establish China as a “cyber power” and accelerate the promotion of core Internet technologies.
Comparing the new internet backbone to a superfast train track, Tsinghua University’s Xu Mingwei emphasized that it replaces 10 regular tracks that used to carry the same amount of data, resulting in a more cost-effective and manageable system.
However, it’s important to note that this high-speed internet is not intended for consumer use at homes. While it holds significant implications for businesses, faster information transfers, and national security, the network primarily focuses on enhancing internet infrastructure rather than individual internet speeds for common users.