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At 178 Tbps, World's Fastest Internet Speed Can Download All Of Netflix In 1 Sec

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Monit Khanna
Monit KhannaUpdated on Aug 21, 2020, 14:53 IST

When working or studying from home, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, our lives are afloat all because of the mighty internet.?

If the internet slows or god-forbid, disconnects, all hell breaks loose. This situation has made us realize why a fast internet connection is so important.?

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And it’s already established how Indian internet speeds are nothing compared to what people in the western world get. However, the internet speeds at University College in London will even make them envious.

Researchers at the University College London have set a new world record for the fastest internet in the world at 178 terabits per second or 178,000 Gbps. The project was conducted by Royal Academy of Engineering Researcher Dr Lidia Galdino and Xtera and Kiddi Research.

Just in May, we heard that the world experienced the fastest internet speeds in Australia at 44.2Tbps, however, this new tech has a considerable advantage.

In order to get such insane speeds, UCL researchers have applied a higher range of wavelengths instead of the standard fibre optic ones as well as used newer amplifier technology to boost the signal farther while amplifying it massively.

As of now, the infrastructure uses a bandwidth of 4.5THz and 9THz commercial bandwidth has just surfaced in some markets. However, this super-fast internet uses a 16.8THz bandwidth for achieving the 178 terabit speed.'

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In case you were wondering that these systems would be expensive to set up, you’d be surprised to know that according to UCL, upgrading amplifiers would only cost a fraction of what it costs to install new fibre optic cables.?

Dr. Galdino said in a statement, “Independent of the COVID-19 crisis, internet traffic has increased exponentially over the last 10 years and this whole growth in data demand is related to the cost per bit going down. The development of new technologies is crucial to maintaining this trend towards lower costs while meeting future data rate demands that will continue to increase, with as yet unthought-of applications that will transform people’s lives.”

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