Are we even surprised it’s Japan?
Engineers in Japan have achieved the world’s fastest transmission rate by being able to send 319 terabits per second. And if you can’t comprehend how fast that is in reality, imagine downloading 80,000 movies in just one second. Brb, moving to Japan.
To break the record for the fastest internet speed, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology developed an experimental optical fiber with four cores instead of the usual one core optic fiber. They then combined their fiber with a laser that fired pulses at different wavelengths and multiple signal amplification techniques which enabled them to transmit data over a distance of more than 1800 miles at 319 TB/s.
The previous record of the fastest internet speed was about 44.2 terabits per second which was achieved by Australian Researchers by introducing a new device called Micro-comb. This record was then broken by Dr. Lidia Galdino of UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering department. Dr. Galdino worked with two companies, Xtera and KDDI Research to achieve a data transmission rate of 178 terabits a second. This internet speed was four times faster than the previous record and at that speed it was possible to download the entire Netflix library in less than a second.
This new record is double the previous world record for the fastest internet speed and about 7.6 million times faster than the average home internet speed in the U.S Of course, the laser and amplifiers used to achieve this ground-breaking internet speed are anything but cheap so if you think you’ll be getting 300 Tb/s for your home internet speed, then I’m sorry to break it to you, you’ll have to wait a while for that miracle to happen.