Without a doubt the internet is the tool without which we practically cannot live, since we use it for all our daily activities. However, The evolution of this invention has taken leaps and bounds, so much so that every year we see that the speed improves every time. (although we don’t always see it), but in Australia they have achieved something that at least in a good time was unthinkable.
It turns out that between the Royal Institute of Technology in Melbourne and the Monash and Swinburne universities they managed to make the dream of data geeks come true, because they reached a speed of 44.2 Tbps (terabits per second), a new world record and that undoubtedly makes us think about how the internet will be in the coming years.
To give you an idea, this speed is theoretically Enough to download content from over 50 100GB Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs in a single second. And if they think they used the most advanced advances to achieve this, the truth is that not, because according to the study published by Nature Communications, They did this using ordinary fiber optics.
Yes, as they read it, they just took away 75 km of that fiber and a single integrated chip source, which means it has the potential to one day benefit the existing fiber infrastructure. Those speeds were achieved thanks to a piece of technology called a micro-combination, which offers a more efficient and compact way to transmit data.
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This micro comb was placed inside the fibers of the cable in what the researchers say is the first time that the technology has been used in a field test. According to the study’s co-author, Bill Corcoran from Monash University, This would be a huge step in getting the world to connect faster, as the foundation for something bigger:
“What our research shows is the ability of the fibers that we already have in the ground, thanks to this project to be the backbone of communication networks now and in the future. We have developed something that is important to meet future needs. ” Corcoran said.
Now, researchers say the challenge is to turn technology into something that can be used with existing infrastructure: “In the long term, we hope to create integrated photonic chips that can allow this type of data rate to be achieved through existing fiber optic links at minimal cost,” concluded the professor. Arnan Mitchell from the Royal Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
However, it is unlikely that you will download games or stream movies over a 44.2 Tbps connection in the near future. If the technology ends up being commercialized, The researchers say it is likely that it will first be used to connect data centers.
After all, Gigabit Internet connections have been around for years, and it’s still relatively rare to see them in residential homes. But if the technology becomes cheap enough, the researchers hope that one day it can be used by the general public. This is a huge step but we don’t have to get excited that fast.