A team of Japanese engineers has achieved the world’s fastest internet speed ever. Set on an optical fiber cable they achieved the data transfer speed of 319 Tbps. This is almost double the previous record of 178 Tbps from a year ago.
As per a study presented at the International Conference on Fiber Optic Communication in June, Japanese engineers had registered the fastest ever internet speed of 319 terabits per second (Tb/s). Noticeably, the record took place on an existing fiber infrastructure stretching over 3,000 km. This could mean Japan could bring the speed into the mainstream with minimal effort.
To give an idea of how insane this speed is, let’s pit it against other internet speeds. NASA gets a ‘mere’ 400 Gbps which still shatters all the speeds normal consumers have. While the fastest fiber internet available to households in the US, the UK, and other countries is around 1-10 Gbps at maximum.
To achieve the breakthrough the research team had combined both existing fiber optics with the latest technologies to achieve this record internet speed blitz. The research team used four cores instead of a single core to perform the test. They also employed Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and separated the signals into multiple wavelengths. The news has that the team utilized a rare “band” and the distance was stretched using optical optimization technologies.
According to Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), the researchers were able to send data over 3,001 km at the said speed.
Easier Transition Into Consumer Market
As said above, the engineers found the blistering speed on its existing fiber optics with some tweaks. It means Japan could easily transition toward this internet speed without an overhaul into their existing systems.
Japan’s NICT stated that it would “continue to develop wide-band, long-distance transmission systems and explore how to further increase the transmission capacity of low-core-count multi-core fibers and other novel SDM fibers. Further, we will work to extend the transmission range to trans-oceanic distances”.
With the internet taking over the world, bandwidth speed has taken the highest precedence. Equipment makers and all stakeholders have stressed maximizing internet speed for the highest possible productivity. While fixed-line and mobile broadband are two separate entities, their bandwidth speed will be at the center.
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