Huawei and China Mobile have built a 3,000-kilometer (1,860-mile) internet network linking Beijing to the south, a project the country is touting as its latest technological breakthrough.
The two companies have teamed up with Tsinghua University and research provider Cernet.com to build what they claim is the world’s first internet network to achieve a “stable and reliable” bandwidth of 1.2 terabits per second, several times faster than typical speeds around the world.
Testing began on July 31 and has since undergone multiple tests that verified this milestone, the university said in a statement.
Tsinghua, the alma mater of Chinese President Xi Jinping, is promoting the project as a novelty in the industry, built entirely with national technology, and highlights Huawei in its statement.
The Chinese company made waves in August by launching a 5G smartphone with a sophisticated Chinese-made processor, sparking celebrations in Chinese state and social media. The episode also sparked debate in Washington over whether Joe Biden’s administration went far enough in attempts to contain Chinese technological achievements.
The network “is operated based on China’s domestically owned key technologies,” the official Xinhua news agency said in a report published on the Tsinghua website.
The Bloomberg agency did not verify the authenticity of the statements. In February, Nokia —Huawei’s global rival—announced that it had achieved 1.2 terabits per second over “metropolitan” distances of around 118 kilometers on an optical network in Europe.