A group of researchers in Australia claim to have recorded the world’s fastest internet speed of 44.2 terabits per second (Tbps), according to a paper published in Nature Communications.
The remarkable feat was achieved by researchers from Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities. With a speed of 44.2 Tbps, you can download more than 50 100GB Blu-ray movies in a mere 1 second. The extraordinary network speed would also end the concept of “buffering” in streaming services altogether.
To put it in perspective, India has an average internet speed between 25 Mbps – 50 Mbps. And the highest recorded average network speed is currently 193 Mbps in Singapore.
How researchers recorded the world’s fastest internet speed?
Researchers were able to achieve the extraordinary speed with a micro-comb chip: An optical device that generates very sharp and equidistant frequency lines in a tiny microphotonic chip. The exchange of information over fiber relies on laser lights. However, this device replaces multiple lasers.
The team, calling it the first field trial of the tech, placed the micro-comb chip within the optic fiber cables that ran between RMIT’s campus and Monash campus. And this helped them to record the world’s fastest internet speed.
According to the researchers, the fiber cable network mirrors the one used by Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).
Since the feat was achieved over the standard fiber using a single integrated chip source, they believe that the tech has the potential to be integrated with the current fiber infrastructure as well.
RMIT’s Professor Arnan Mitchell says, “In long-term, we hope to create integrated photonic chips that could enable this sort of data rate to be achieved across existing optical fiber links with minimal cost.”
The breakthrough has the potential to become the backbone of the world getting faster internet speeds. And not just for watching movies or surfing the Internet, it has the potential in the autonomous vehicles industry, gaming industry, medical fields, and more.