The world’s fastest data transmission rate has been achieved by a team of UCL engineers who reached an internet speed a fifth faster than the previous record. The previous record was 44.2 Terabits per second which was achieved by Australian Researches by introducing a new device called a Micro-comb.
And then Dr Lidia Galdino (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering), Working with two companies, Xtera and KDDI Research, achieved a data transmission rate of 178 terabits a second (178,000,000 megabits a second), a speed at which it would be possible to download the entire Netflix library in less than a second.
Now engineers in Japan have set a new world record for fastest internet speed and it’s so fast, you’d be able to download nearly 80,000 movies in just one second.
Basically, Internet speed is measured by how much data can be transmitted between two devices in one second. Japanese engineers were able to set 319 terabits per second (Tb/s).
To break the record for the fastest internet speed, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology developed an experimental optical fiber with four cores, instead of just one.
They then combined their fiber with a laser that fired pulses at different wavelengths and multiple signal amplification techniques. This enabled them to transmit data over a distance of more than 1,800 miles at 319 Tb/s.
The laser and amplifiers used to break the fastest internet speed record are not cheap, so don’t expect 300 Tb/s home internet any time soon.