The Internet superhighway has broken another speed limit — twice in as many days. The Internet2 Consortium announced Tuesday that an international team led by the University of Tokyo transmitted data at speeds of 7.67 Gbps late last year, and then at 9.08 Gbps the very next day.
The first record-breaking transmission took place on December 30. The 20,000-mile roundtrip path, using standard TCP, began and ended in the NTT building in Tokyo. The second one took place the next day, on New Year’s Eve, over the same path but using modified TCP.
The path crossed six international networks, and covered 75 percent of the Earth’s circumference.