The World's Fastest Internet Speed
Australia has recorded the fastest internet speed which is 44.2 terabits per second.
This amazing feat was achieved by a group of researchers of Monash, RMIT and Swinburne universities. To make this clear a bit more, at this speed you can download more than 1000 HD movies in less than one second. So how did they achieve this? Well, they used a "micro-comb" optical chip which included hundreds of infrared lasers. This was attached to the existing fibre-optic technology. This new system was then tested on 76.6Km of optical fibres between Monash University's Clayton Campus and RMIT's Melbourne City Campus. This was the first time they used this method out of their lab.
What the researchers did was they used a new device that replaces 80 lasers with one piece of equipment which they call a micro-comb. This is actually very small compared to existing hardware and much lighter as well. According to them, it's like a rainbow made of invisible infrared lasers but from a single chip. Every single one of these lasers will act as a separate communication channel. With this invention, the existing fibre-optics will be the backbone of communications networks according to the researchers.
"An enormous breakthrough" is how Professor David Moss of the Swinburne University describe this finding. This is not just about Netflix but this could be used for self driving cars, medicine, education and e-commerce in the future according to their spokesperson. They predict that this technology will be used in research labs and data centres in 2 to 3 years and for commercial use in 5 years. Although we may not be able to use this amazingly super-speed internet connection yet, the future seems promising. Congratulations to the researchers!!!
Did you know?
- The average download speed in Australia is 43.4mbps
- The average download speed in the UK is 64mbps