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# 4 05-06-2003 , 07:34 PM
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New internet link downloads films in seconds

An internet connection so fast it will allow whole movies to be downloaded in just five seconds could soon be a reality.

Scientists in the US have developed a system called Fast TCP that promises to be 6,000 times faster than today's broadband links.

A key feature of Fast TCP is that it could run on the normal Internet infrastructure.

The new system was developed by Steven Low and a team at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena.

New Scientist magazine said Low compared the way the internet works now to driving a car while looking only 10 metres ahead.

"This is OK for driving slowly in a parking lot," he said. On the open road it was necessary to look further."

The first practical test of Fast TCP sent data 10,000 kilometres from Sunnyvale, California, to the CERN particle physics laboratory near Geneva.

The average transmission rate was 925 megabits per second, compared with 266 megabits for ordinary TCP.

"By ganging 10 Fast TCP systems together, the researchers have achieved transmission speeds of over 8.6 gigabits per second, which is more than 6,000 times the capacity of ordinary broadband links," said New Scientist.

Caltech is said to be in talks with Microsoft and Disney about using Fast TCP for video on demand.

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