Scientists set new world record for internet speed at 4.5 million times faster than home broadband

Onwards toward the future.
  • This new technology might change how we interact with the internet
  • Just imagine how many 4K videos you could be able to download at this speed
  • The researchers employed previously unused wavelength bands within fiber optic systems

Published on Apr 6, 2024 at 12:18PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on Apr 8, 2024 at 7:35PM (UTC+4)

Edited by Siddharth Dudeja
Scientists set a new world record for fastest internet speed

The World Wide Web just got a whole lot faster as researchers broke the record for the fastest internet speed ever recorded.

The researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, UK, achieved an internet speed 4.5 million times faster than home broadband.

This marks a significant milestone for digital connectivity and could revolutionize how we experience and interact with the internet.

The advancement became possible by tapping into previously unused wavelength bands within fiber optic systems. 

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The new world record for the fastest internet speed is 301 terabits per second.

Just imagine how many 4K videos you would be able to download with this speed.

With this speed, you can download every movie listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) in under one minute.

This might be the most significant event in recent memory for the internet as a whole, other than the retirement of Internet Explorer.

May it rest in peace.

The fastest internet speed the researchers achieved was 4.5 million times faster than the average broadband speed, so let’s just put that into context, shall we?

The average nationwide internet speed in the UK, where the research was conducted, is 69.4 Mbps.

This is unfathomably quick, then.

“Broadly speaking, data was sent via an optical fiber like a home or office internet connection,” Dr Ian Phillips from Aston University said.

Normally, fiber optic systems use the commercially available C-bands and L-bands.

The researchers used two additional spectral bands, the E-band and S-band, alongside the C-band and L-bands, to achieve the fastest internet speed.

Consumer demand for faster internet speeds and availability is constantly increasing.

Fortunately, Elon Musk’s Starlink made many strides by making the internet available worldwide through its satellites.

However, there’s still the issue of internet speed.

Hopefully, internet providers can use this new technology to increase speeds without deploying new optic fiber cables.

Some of the images used in this article were generated using AI.

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