75-year-old Swedish woman gets world’s fastest Internet connection

“A 75-year-old woman from Karlstad in central Sweden has been thrust into the IT history books – with the world’s fastest internet connection,” The Local reports.

“Sigbritt Löthberg’s home has been supplied with a blistering 40 Gigabits per second connection, many thousands of times faster than the average residential link and the first time ever that a home user has experienced such a high speed,” The Local reports. “But Sigbritt, who had never had a computer until now, is no ordinary 75 year old. She is the mother of Swedish internet legend Peter Löthberg who, along with Karlstad Stadsnät, the local council’s network arm, has arranged the connection.”

“‘This is more than just a demonstration,’ said network boss Hafsteinn Jonsson. ‘As a network owner we’re trying to persuade internet operators to invest in faster connections.'”

“Sigbritt will now be able to enjoy 1,500 high definition HDTV channels simultaneously. Or, if there is nothing worth watching there, she will be able to download a full high definition DVD in just two seconds,” The Local reports. “Cisco contributed to the project but the point, said Hafsteinn Jonsson, is that fibre technology makes such high speed connections technically and commercially viable. ‘The most difficult part of the whole project was installing Windows on Sigbritt’s PC,’ said Jonsson.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: You’d think an “internet legend” would use a real OS for his mom, wouldn’t you? Sheesh. It’s not like she has years of Windows’ bad habits ingrained. For her first computer, give poor Sigbritt a Macintosh running Mac OS X, the operating system whose forerunner, NEXTSTEP, was used to invent the World Wide Web! On the bright side, with Windows in “action,” at least Sigbritt won’t have to wait: she can set a world record by getting pwned in a millisecond.


  1. Apple should do us all a favor and send the poor woman an iMac. Then they could at least get some free publicity. Or MDN could start a fund that the readers could make donations to.

    I would give $5. Only $994 to go.

  2. In Paris here and I have a 30Mb cable connection. I’ve actually managed to measure 28.7Mb/s with speedtest.net.

    It would be good if sites could push out their content at those speeds. So many roadblocks on the ‘net in real life though.

  3. So true, I have 25MB symmetrical fiber pipe here in S.F. for the most part things stopped getting faster once I passed 10 MB, MDN for example is no faster on a 25MB connection than it was on a 4MB connection… kinda takes the sizzle out of the steak.

  4. “…..give poor Sigbritt a Macintosh running Mac OS X, the operating system whose forerunner, NEXTSTEP, was used to invent the World Wide Web!……”

    Invent the WWW ?? … well, maybe hypertext … but the WWW actually grew out of something called ..ARPANET
    And if memory serves … the first browsers were text browsers … called Lynx and Mosaic …

    And then came Netscape & CyberDog !

  5. So, if she has the world’s fastest Internet connection what can she connect to to take advantage of that extra speed? Isn’t it kind of like having the world’s first fax machine?

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