Scientists Tired of Slow Internet Created the World's Most Powerful Broadband
What would you do if you had access to Internet connection that loads data at 178 terabits per second? With that kind of power, you can download all of Netflix in one second. Remember the black hole at the center of our galaxy? It took 78 radio telescopes around the world to capture its image for several days. With 178 terabits per second, that amount of data can be downloaded in an hour.
Scientists at the University College London created the super broadband that is so fast it can download all of Netflix in one second. They published their study in the journal IEEE, in which they also showed their proof of concept.
“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, making better use of optical fiber bandwidth and enabling a world record transmission rate of 178 terabits a second,” said Dr. Lidia Galdino, lead author of the study.
This means countries with existing fiber optics infrastructure such as the Philippines can theoretically adopt the breakthrough technique used by the scientists to optimize the way they send data through their cables.
The scientists were able to transmit data more efficiently by using a wider array of colors in the light spectrum than what is normally used in fiber optics.
In the Philippines, mobile users have an average Internet speed of 15.06 megabits per second (Mbps), which is way below the global average of 26 Mbps, according to the 2019 Speedtest Global Index. Zimbabwe fared better than the Philippines with an average mobile download speed of 15.06 Mbps.
Norway has the fastest mobile Internet with a speed of 67.54 Mbps, followed by Canada, Qatar, the Netherlands, and South Korea.