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Com Hem claims world speed record

Swedish cable operator Com Hem has filed a claim with Guinness World Records after it provided internet access at a speed of 1.6Tbps during the DreamHack Summer weekend event in Jonkoping.

The cable operator said it was providing DreamHack Summer with a connection of 1.6Tbps through a direct link to the backbone, which is also used to supply broadband to Com Hem’s 700,000 broadband customers.

Com Hem used dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) over a 300 kilometres link between Stockholm and Jönköping, which the operators said was “most likely” the first time a connection this fast has been set up at such a distance for this type of event.

It said a speed of 1.6 Terabits per second corresponds to 16,000, 100 Mbps connections, which is the most frequently used broadband service delivered by Com Hem to Swedish households.

“Beating the world record and providing the world’s fastest internet connection is a milestone in Com Hem’s history and have been made possible by our modern network and our outstanding employees. It is important that a major broadband provider such as Com Hem has a stable, fast and flexible network that has more capacity to offer our customers when they need it. Today, we have demonstrated that we have this,” says Thomas Helbo, CTO of Com Hem.

“It is wonderful to be involved in breaking a world record and that Com Hem chose to do this with us at DreamHack Summer. Our visitors and participants are very discerning when it comes to connectivity and want it to work seamlessly, so it feels great to let them experience the world’s fastest internet access. We love to break records, and look forward to continuing our partnership with Com Hem and to together deliver powerful experiences and the best connectivity to our participants,” says Marcus Lindmark, CEO of DreamHack.