Australia researchers have recorded the world’s fastest internet speed of 44.2 terabits per seconds
Due to how fast the internet speed is, users were able to download 1,000 HD movies in a single second. The team who are from Monash, Swinburne RMIT universities used a micro comb optical chip containing hundreds of infrared lasers to transfer data across existing communications infrastructure in Melbourne.
In Australia, the average download speed is 43.4 Mbps which is one million times slower than the speeds achieved in the latest test. A doctor from Monash University, Bill Corcoran in an interview speaking on this new development said, “There’s a bit of a global race on at the moment to get this technology to a commercial-stage, as the ‘micro-comb’ at its heart is useful in a really broad range of existing technologies”.
“I’d guess that we could see devices like ours available to research labs in two to three years and initial commercial use in about five years.” He added.
The stay-at-home orders resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic have placed a significant strain on internet infrastructure over the month. For instance, in Europe, steaming services were recently asked to reduce the quality of their services in order to cope with increasing traffic. Netflix and YouTube were among those who obeyed this order.
“In the UK, daytime data demands have more than doubled, and there have been special efforts to make sure that connections are reliable,” Cocoran confirmed
Speaking further on the doubled data, he said, “What this extra usage gives us is a sneak-peek at capacity issues networks will see in just a few years’ time – especially as we start bringing online data-hungry tech such as 5G, self-driving cars and the ‘internet-of-things’ more broadly. So, we’re going to need new compact technologies like our finger-nail sized device to expand the data-carrying capacity of our networks gracefully – to reduce space and power consumption, as well as costs, while increasing overall data-rates.”