Record-Breaking Internet Speed Achieved That Can Download All of Netflix in Seconds
Thursday, 17th December 2020
2020 will go down in history as the year we faced a global pandemic and struggled through two national lockdowns. But there is one other thing that happened this year… something a bit more cheerful
University College London (UCL) engineers achieved a new world record for the fastest recorded internet speed! They clocked an astonishing data transmission rate of 178 terabits per second.
That is the equivalent of 178,000,000 megabits per second – and to put that into perspective, the average home broadband speed in the UK is 71.8 megabits per second.
How fast is 178Tbps?
If you thought your internet was fast, it’s nothing compared to these kinds of speeds. 178 terabits per second has the power to download:
· the entire Netflix library in less than 1 second
· 22 million HD photos in just half a second
· the entire storage capacity of YouTube in 37 minutes
The report by UCL also states that it would take less than an hour to download the data that makes up the world’s first image of a black hole. This image is so big that it has to be stored on half a ton of hard drives and transported by plane!!
The previous world record was held by Japan
The previous world record was only set in April of this year by experts at Japan's National Institute for Communications Technology.
However, British researchers were able to clock speeds a fifth faster just 4 months later in August!
How did they do it?
The UCL expert engineers achieved these incredible speeds by transmitting data through a wider range of wavelengths than what is typically used in optical fibre.
What is even more impressive is that they used this particular technique because it can be added to existing internet infrastructure to generate these lightning speeds. It simply requires the amplifiers to be upgraded, not the entire network.
Dr Lidia Galdino, lead author of a new study describing the achievement, said: “Internet traffic has increased exponentially over the last 10 years,"
"The development of new technologies is crucial to maintaining this trend towards lower costs."
Dr Galdino added that the system could also pave the way for unthought-of applications "that will transform people’s lives".
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