Fastest Internet Speed: Who doesn’t want high speed internet? In today’s fast paced world, everyone is looking for the best internet providers who can help you transfer data at a quick pace. In a nice, modern, urban landscape, you can easily get your hands on an average fiber broadband of 300 Mbps. But this is just about good enough which will not satisfy researchers who are looking to break world records in university laboratories. A decade ago, many gigabit speed records was considered adequate. But this too, is nothing compared to what Japan has achieved.
Japan’s Fastest Internet Speed
Scientists at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have smashed all records by transferring internet data at 319 TERAbits per second. This is phenomenal for world progress as the last established record was by British and Japanese researchers at University College London at 179 Tbps. Thus, the latest Japanese attempt is twice the speed of this one.
So how did the NICT team achieve this? They were able to shuffle terrific amounts of data through innovation of fiber optic cables. Traditionally, fiber optic cables have a construction scheme of one core with lots of insulation. The Japanese innovated the core: they used an experimental cable with four cores instead of one. This, it is believed, helped push more data at high speeds. In other words, the fiber optic cable was able to push pulses of light with more wavelengths. One wavelength is the distance between two peaks in a light wave. The Japanese were able to add a whole band of wavelengths hence expanding them and were able to increase the distance the data travelled by using amplifiers.
Thus, this research shows what is possible in the future of fiber optics, however, practically speaking when it can be achieved is a big question since cables will need to be replaced. But it certainly is durable and doable. Scientists may use this new breakthrough for space explorations. To expect that this speed will be available on YouTube any time soon is a wishful dream. At the moment, for us, the 300Mbps available to watch videos at peak resolutions without buffering is ample relief.