While the US lags behind other nations in terms of broadband speeds, Sigbritt Löthberg, a 75-year-old Swedish woman has blown the whole world away by getting a massive 40Gbps connection to her house. She is now able to enjoy 1,500 high-definition HDTV channels simultaneously, or download full high-definition DVDs in just two seconds.

Of course, she is the mother of Peter Löthberg, a pioneer in the world of fiber-optic networking for Cisco, who arranged the connection along with the local council's network department as a demonstration to persuade ISPs to invest in faster connections.

"I want to show that there are other methods than the old fashioned ways such as copper wires and radio, which lack the possibilities that fiber has," said Peter Löthberg.
The ultra-fast connection speed has been achieved by a new modulation technique which allows data to be transferred directly between two routers up to 2,000-kilometers apart with no intermediary transponders. This technology would purportedly allow operators to quickly and economically upgrade their network capacity to meet the growing bandwidth demands.