Com Hem beats World Record for internet connection

During this weekend’s DreamHack Summer in Jönköping, Sweden, Com Hem is providing internet access of 1.6 Terabit per second, which Com Hem hopes is the fastest internet connection ever measured , used by a larger group of people. Com Hem has filed evidence of this to Guinness World Records under one of their record titles, the evidence is pending review.

Com Hem is providing DreamHack Summer with the world’s fastest internet connection of 1.6 Tbit/second through a direct link to the backbone, which is also used to supply broadband to Com Hem’s 700,000 broadband customers.  

The technology used is called DWDM and the link was drawn 300 kilometres between Stockholm and Jönköping, which is most likely the first time a connection this fast has been set up at such a long distance for this type of event.  

“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. 

1.6 Terabit per second corresponds to 16,000, 100 Mbit/s connections, which is the most frequently used broadband service delivered by Com Hem to Swedish households. At this speed, 5 million people can stream Spotify at the highest quality simultaneously, or 230,000 people could watch Netflix in HD simultaneously, and it would take less than one second to download ten copies of Fortnite, one of the largest games in the market.  

For more information, please contact: 

Fredrik Hallstan, Head of PR 
Tel: +46 761 15 38 30 
fredrik.hallstan@comhem.com 

About Com Hem group
Com Hem offers broadband, TV, play and telephony services to Swedish households and companies. Our powerful and future-proofed network, with speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s, covers half of the country’s households, making the Com Hem Group an important driver of creating a digital Sweden. We bring our 1.45 million customers the broadest range of digital-TV channels and play services via top boxes as well as on-the-go for tablets and smartphones. The company was founded in 1983 and has approximately 1,100 employees. Com Hem is headquartered in Stockholm and operates through three subsidiaries: Com Hem AB, Boxer TV Access AB and iTUX Communication AB. In 2017, Group sales totalled SEK 7,136 million. The Com Hem share has been traded on Nasdaq Stockholm since 2014. www.comhemgroup.com. 

About DreamHack
DreamHack is the world’s largest digital festival, with 11 events occurring in 6 countries across the globe in 2018. Our events represent a convergence of all aspects of the diverse culture of gaming. Our festival events are a platform for esports tournaments, bring your own computer LAN parties, cosplay competitions, music acts, technology exhibitions and panel discussions. In addition to our events, DreamHack is a production company with a focus on gaming, esports, and arena productions for both traditional TV and the internet.