Australian researchers have achieved a world record internet speed. The record is now 44.2 terabits per second. With this speed, it is possible to download approximately 1000 HD movies in a single second.
The team from the universities of Monash, Swinburne and RMIT used an optical circuit, a kind of "micro-comb", with hundreds of infrared lasers to transmit data on existing communications infrastructure in Melbourne.
The highest commercial internet speed in the world is currently in Singapore where the average download speed is 197.3 megabits per second (Mbps). In Australia, the average download speed is 43.4 Mbps, which is a million times slower than the speeds achieved in the latest test.
“There’s a bit of a global race on at the moment to get this technology to a commercial stage, as the micro-comb at its heart is useful in a really broad range of existing technologies,” says researcher Bill Corcoran at Monash University to The Independent .
Bill Corcoran believes we will see units that are fully available in research in two to three years and the first commercial products in about five years.
The coronavirus lockdown has caused considerable strain on the internet infrastructure worldwide so research in this area, with the potential to make substantial performance leaps in internet performance, is extremely important.
Do you want to learn more about this technology? Read more in the article at Swinburne University of Technology .
These countries have the fastest internet connections in the world
When internet connection speeds was researched last year in 207 countries and territories by British Cable.co.uk , the list looked like below. Note that this is an average where both upload and download speeds are calculated in megabits per second, Mpbs. So this is fixed internet connection, not mobile like 4G and 5G.
- Taiwan: 85.02
- Singapore: 70.86
- Sweden: 55.18
- Denmark: 49.19
- Japan: 42.77
- Luxembourg: 32.89
- The Netherlands: 40.21
- Switzerland: 38.85
- Norway: 38.46
- Spain: 36.06
- Belgium: 35.69
- USA: 32.89
Read the full report Worldwide broadband speed league 2019 .