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Gigabit granny: 75-year-old Swede gets world's fastest broadband

Antony Savvas

A 75-year-old Swedish woman is enjoying what is believed to be the world’s fastest consumer internet connection, at a whopping 40 Gigabits per second.

In the UK, the average broadband internet connection is a modest 8mbps. Sigbritt Lothberg, from Karlstad in central Sweden, had previously never had a computer before, reports Swedish newswire The Local.

Lothberg did however have a helping hand in getting the blistering connection.

She is the mother of well-known Swedish internet player Peter Lothberg, who arranged the connection through Karlstad Stadsnät, the local council's network arm.

Lothberg junior also works for Cisco Systems. His mother will now be able to download a high-definition DVD film in just two seconds with the 40 gbps at her disposal, if she so wishes.

The connection is being used by Karlstad Stadsnät and Cisco to demonstrate a new router connection technology over long distance fibre networks.

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