Researchers at the Australian universities of Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT claim to have set a new Internet speed record of 44.2 Tbps, an article in the journal Nature Communications said. This speed is enough to load the contents of more than 50 Blu-ray Ultra HD discs with a capacity of 100 GB in one second.
Speed was achieved using 75 kilometers of standard optical fiber using a single integrated source of chips. So, this speed can be done on our existing fiber-optic structure.
A fiber test connection took place between the RMIT campus in Melbourne City and the Clashton Monash University campus, and researchers say it reflects the infrastructure used by Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN). This is a world record for bandwidth.
These speeds have been achieved thanks to a technology called micro-comb, which offers a more efficient and compact way to transfer data. This micro-comb was placed in cable fibers for the first time in a field test.
Researchers now say that the challenge is to turn technology into something that can be used with existing infrastructure. In the long term, they hope to create integrated photonic chips that will achieve such a data transfer speed through existing fiber optic communication channels with minimal cost.
However, it is unlikely that in the near future you will download games or watch streaming movies through a connection at a speed of 44.2 Tbps. If the technology eventually becomes commercialized, researchers say that it will most likely be used to connect data centers first. In the end, gigabit Internet connections have been available for many years, and it is still relatively rare to see them in homes. But if the technology becomes cheap enough, then the researchers hope that one day it will be used by the public.