Optical fiber internet still offers the fastest internet speed in the world in the place where they are available compared to mobile internet.
Researchers from Australia’s Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities claim that they have set a new internet speed record with 44.2 Tbps (Terabits per second) according to a paper published in the open-access journal Nature Communications.
To analyze the 44.2 Tbps internet speed theoretically, it will be enough speed to download the contents of more than 50 100GB Ultra HD Blu-ray discs in a single second.
According to the published paper, the research was performed over 75km between RMIT’s Melbourne City campus and Monash University’s Clayton campus of standard optical fiber using a single integrated chip source that gives an idea that this research has the potential to be benefitted over existing fiber infrastructure but not soon enough.
The findings represent a “world-record for bandwidth,” according to Swinburne University Professor David Moss, one of the team members responsible.
“What our research demonstrates is the ability for fibers that we already have in the ground, thanks to the NBN project, to be the backbone of communications networks now and in the future. We’ve developed something that is scalable to meet future needs,” said co-lead author of the study and Monash University lecturer Bill Corcoran.
Now, the researchers say the challenge is to turn the technology into something that can be used with existing infrastructure. “Long-term, we hope to create integrated photonic chips that could enable this sort of data rate to be achieved across existing optical fiber links with minimal cost,” RMIT’s Professor Arnan Mitchell says.