Okay, so this is kind of exciting…
USB 3.0 - 5Gb/s
Thunderbolt – 10 Gb/s
Domestic TeleCom’s Optcal Fiber – ~14Tb/s
obviously all dependant on distance.
However the latest discovery, and current front page news on BBC’s News portal
Researchers have set a new record for the rate of data transfer using a single laser: 26 terabits per second.
This is pretty cool, imagine data streaming rates that fast? If the UK is to keep up with the rest of the developed world availability of high speed internet is something the government really need to be looking into, there are places in the UK where broadband is still unavaiable (5% of the country as of the Ofcom survery in 2005, but that page lists the limited avaiability of other services, such as DAB, and DTT too.)
The average UK internet speed is 2.95 Mb/s according to Broadband-Expert.
Look at internet speeds around the world, on this handy infographic.
Why is it countries like Japan and Korea can reach average speeds of 61, and 46 Mb/s respectively?
More information here.
Okay rant over, and some of this information is pretty cool, I look forward to the day when this sort of technology is readily available