Fastest-Ever Internet Speed Could Download Whole Netflix in Seconds

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The world's fastest internet speed would make it possible to download the whole Netflix library in seconds, according to scientists in the UK.

Fastest-Ever Internet Speed Could Download Whole Netflix in Seconds

World’s fastest internet speed recorded

The researchers from University College London (UCL) in the UK achieved the new world record for the fastest internet of 178 terabits a second, which is five times faster than the previous world record held by a team in Japan and close to the theoretical limitations of the data transmission set out by American mathematician Claude Shannon in 1949.

This means if that data connection were wired to your home broadband, it would allow you to download 22million HD photos in under a second, and download more than 220 4K-quality movies in a second. 

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As described in a research paper published in the journal IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, the capacity of the new internet ‘world record’ speed is twice times more than that of any current system in the world.

How is it made?

Instead of optical fiber for data transmission, researchers used a much wider range of colors of light or wavelengths.

Different amplifier technologies were combined to boost the signal power over this wider bandwidth and Geometric Shaping (GS) constellations were developed to maximize speed.

Fastest-Ever Internet Speed Could Download Whole Netflix in Seconds

 Fastest-Ever Internet Speed Allow Downloading Whole Netflix in Seconds

What are the benefits of the technique?

According to UCL, the system can be deployed on existing infrastructure by simply upgrading parts of the network located on optical fiber routes at 40-100km intervals.

At the record speed, you will be able to download the data that made up the world's first image of a black hole. 

"While current state-of-the-art cloud data-center interconnections are capable of transporting up to 35 terabits a second, we are working with new technologies that utilize more efficiently the existing infrastructure," said lead author Lidia Galdino, a Lecturer at UCL and a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow.

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