The fact that this speed was achieved outside lab conditions, on a 410-km link between central London and Ipswich, means existing broadband infrastructure (in the UK, at least) is capable of much more than it is delivering at the moment. So, expensive infrastructure upgrades may not be all that necessary. With the demand for greater bandwidth surging, given the growing popularity of data-heavy services like streaming, the development should bring cheer to internet-service providers. The flipside It is still some years before the average user gets to enjoy these speeds and, there is the concern that packing too much into the fibre lines would result in greater interference and errors. Besides, the average user might not be able to consume data at such voracious rates, making the speeds redundant. However, the last concern is limited in scope with an entire generation (the digital natives) practically living their lives online. Therefore, when, in a connected world, everythingfrom learning to entertainmentgoes digital this speed will not seem breakneck at all. But a reality check for us Indianswe are yet to offer last-mile connectivity; our National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) is still notional, set to miss its March-April 2014 rollout.