Researchers demonstrate fastest-ever internet connection

Scientists achieve transfer rates of 43 terabits per second over single optical fibre

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Researchers demonstrate fastest-ever internet connection The data transfer rate would allow users to download a 1 GB DVD rip in 0.2 seconds
By  Tom Paye Published  August 4, 2014

Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) yesterday demonstrated the fastest internet connection ever seen.

On a single optical fibre and laser transmitter, the scientists were able to transfer 43 terabits of data per second, reports said. In terms of real-world download speeds, this would equal a transfer rate of around 5.4 terabytes per second, according to calculations from ExtremeTech.

This would mean that it would be possible to download a 1 GB DVD rip in 0.2 seconds, the website said.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about DTU's research, however, is that it actually has a commercial viability. Because the scientists demonstrated this speed on a single optical fibre using a single laser, it would be possible to integrate such connections into existing fibre networks. Previous data transfer speed records, using multiple fibres and lasers, are less commercially viable.

The previous record for data transfer speeds over a single optical fibre was set in 2011 - at 26 terabits per second.

Meanwhile, the fastest commercial connections in use run up to 100 Gbps.

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