New world record set! Fastest internet is faster than you could imagine

Hellen Wadman

Now, while some us of are still struggling to play a 4K video or streaming live matches without delays, a new record has been set for world’s fastest internet. Engineers at University College London (UCL) set a new world record for the fastest internet in the world. The recently developed […]

Now, while some us of are still struggling to play a 4K video or streaming live matches without delays, a new record has been set for world’s fastest internet. Engineers at University College London (UCL) set a new world record for the fastest internet in the world. The recently developed technology can download at a speed of 178 Terabits (TB) per second which is equivalent to 1,78,000 Gbps.

For those who are unfamiliar with the internet speeds, this is enough to download the entire Netflix library in less than a second. It would also take less than an hour to download the data that was combined to make the world’s first image of a black hole. The data to achieve this feat was shipped to an MIT observatory, stored on half a ton of hard drives. 

In order to achieve the lightning-fast speed, London-based researchers sent data through much wider wavelengths compared to the one used in optical fibres usually. The team used 16.8 Terahertz (THz) instead of 9THz which is still available in select few markets. The one on which our internet works, uses a bandwidth of 4.5THz. 

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“The development of new technologies is crucial to maintaining this trend towards lower costs while meeting future data rate demands that will continue to increase, with as yet unthought-of applications that will transform people’s lives,” Lead author Dr Galdino, a lecturer at UCL and a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, said.  

The institute claims that the technology is cost-effective too as this method can be put into place with $20,000 approximately compared to the cost of installing new optical cables that amount to $5,89,000. But, there is still time before the tech can be introduced for commercial use. 

The previous record for the fastest internet in the world belonged to experts at Japan’s National Institute for Communications Technology with a speed of 172 Terabits per second.

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