Computers at Goonhilly satellite station, on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall, are connected to BT’s global internet protocol network.
That means users can download data at speeds of up to 100 megabits per second (Mbps).
It is thought to be the first time such high speeds have been seen at a UK internet cafe.
The service will be free to visitors.
The bandwidth is nothing short of spectacular by today’s standards and certainly makes local high speed Internet access seem like a 4400 baud modem in comparison (and its free!!):
Adrian Hosford of BT said: “It would be possible to use the cafe’s computers to download in less than 15 minutes a file the equivalent size of the DVD version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, with its 19,000 illustrations, 629 audio and video clips and 100,000 articles.
“A standard broadband connection would typically take in excess of five hours.”
Next time someone claims to provide broadband Internet access, remember this story!