Is your internet too slow? Imagine you have internet that goes 1.2 Tbps. Currently, the normal internet in a Dutch household is on average 142.5 Mbps: not extremely fast, but for many families and people living alone it is completely fine. You can stream well with it and download something here and there. The question is therefore what the world’s fastest internet will do: what do you need 1.2 Tbps for?
1.2 Tbps internet
1.2 Tbps means that 1000 GB can be transmitted per second. A bizarre number when you realize that 142.5 Mbps means: 142000 KB. A gigabyte is 1000 MB and a terabyte is 1000 GB. You don’t have to be a math whiz to see that this has to be extremely fast. This new and worldwide fastest internet ever was unveiled today by Huawei and China Mobile. 1.2 Tbps: 1,200 Gbps. And to think that the maximum internet speed we have in the Netherlands is only 5 Gbps…
We once knew Huawei mainly from telephones, but it is now mainly present in the Netherlands with smartwatches (and telephones, but they have less support since the trade ban due to the lack of all kinds of Google options). However, there is another world in which Huawei is active, namely that of network technology. So the Internet. For example, it has installed 5G networks here and there and is also praised for its innovations in that area.
Huawei and China Mobile
No wonder that it is Huawei that comes up with this fast internet. It would have created an internet connection stretching 3,000 kilometers between the cities of Beijing and Canton, he said Bloomberg. The connection is said to be stable and that is impressive, especially over such a long stretch. In Europe we are unable to go higher than 800Gbps and that is 200 kilometers. For us, it is Nokia that takes care of this. But it is not the case that you immediately reap the benefits of this.
But still: if your phone ever goes back to 4G instead of 5G, you are probably shocked by how little the internet connection suddenly does. Sometimes it doesn’t even work to load images, let alone when you go back to 3G. But does this also apply equally to home connections? First of all, you probably won’t be able to receive such a signal in your home very soon: it often takes a long time before network technology is really established. Just look at how long it will take before we have fiber optic everywhere: that will also take years.
Secondly, that 1.2 Tbps is also very fast. Your device probably won’t be able to do much with it. Special equipment is used in combination with the fast internet connection: expensive equipment. In the near future, when it becomes more common, it will mainly be used by companies that have to send extremely large amounts of data. It could be interesting for data centers, for example: someone who just wants to stream games in good quality or forward edited videos will not really need this internet.
However, faster internet in general can mean that things run a little more smoothly. Just as you used to have to wait for a page to load with dial-up internet in the 1990s, we are now used to typing something in and pop: the site is there immediately, and if possible, in full glory. That will change as the internet is developed even faster.
5 GB internet in the Netherlands
However, 1 Terabyte is a lot: for some people it is already a challenge to fill it with all the photos they have in their Google Drive or Google Photos, for example. With 5 GB internet you will probably notice that everything actually requires virtually no loading times anymore. On the other hand, we see that game makers are asking for more and more space from game consoles, for example: if you have to download a game such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare with 175 GB, then in theory you are already there even with a 5 Gbps connection. done in less than a minute.
In short, such a fast internet connection is not really necessary for us, but you can imagine that a surgeon who is on the other side of the world and has to control a robot via the internet to perform an operation very precisely would certainly benefit from it. has an internet connection that transmits as much information as possible as quickly as possible. So it can be life-saving technology, although of course in an indirect way.
China vs America
In any case, it is a major gain for China, which has been somewhat pushed aside by the United States and several countries around the world. It shows that the country is indeed making great leaps in the field of innovation and that it can also prevail with a trade ban. We are curious to see what we will see in Europe: if Huawei and China Mobile are willing to implement their technology here (and European countries are also allowed to do so).