Today, the fastest throughput on most of the global  network is 10,000,000,000 bits (10 gigabits) per second – so sending the contents of a full DVD  takes around 4 seconds.

The New Scientist is reporting Verizon has installed a 900 kilometre 100,000,000,000 bits (10 gigabits) fibre-optic link between Paris in France and Frankfurt in Germany.