News hardware Internet connection: scientists have found a way to reach crazy speeds
After having already set an Internet speed record of around 319 TB/s in July 2021, Japanese researchers have once again managed to smash this score with a new record set on May 30 at 1020 TB/s. Decryption.
A connection 100,000 times greater than what we currently have in our homes
The figures are so crazy that we hardly dare to pronounce them. 1020 TB/s, yes you read that right, 1020 terabits (or bytes as you prefer) per second or even 1.02 petabit is the monstrous, titanic, mind-blowing speed (cross out the inapplicable mention) that the National Institute of Technology and Communication of Japan has managed to achieve (NICT) during tests carried out on May 30 on the Japanese archipelago over a distance of 51.7 kilometers.
With our 1 GB connections, 2 in the best case with the new Orange V6 Livebox, 8 if we are to believe the offers from Free in very specific cases, we are already quite happy and it is already difficult to imagine what we could do with speeds even 10 times higher than what we already have…
4K everywhere, all the time, that would already be a good start… Suddenly, when we are told that it is possible, somewhere in the world, to have a connection more than 100,000 times faster than what we face (for the lucky ones of course) on a daily basis, words fail us.
According to the specialized site
, such a speed would make it possible to transfer 127,500 GB of data every second and would make it possible to broadcast the equivalent of 10 million contents in 8k simultaneously.
Japan wants to position itself as the leader in high-speed internet connections and as the precursor to 6G
In less than three years, we have therefore seen three successive records in terms of Internet speed:
- 178 TB/s in March 2020
- 319 TB/s in June 2021
- 1020 TB/s (1.02 Pb/s) in May 2022
But where the prowess is all the more interesting is thatit is based on an architecture already in place which would not require unrealizable investments.
Indeed, where tests have already been carried out on larger cables in particular, here it is a question of keeping the current structure, a cable with a dimension of 0.125 mm, in which we would pass 4 cores, roughly 4 very small optical cables, each of which would transmit a different signal in order to improve and amplify the bandwidth.
With such technology, we would thus keep the sheaths already in place at the bottom of the oceans in particular and it would “just” be enough to renew the cables with new ones.
In parallel with this undoubtedly major project in the years to come, Japan is firmly established as one, if not the, leader in terms of wired or wireless telecommunications. Because at the same time, the land of the rising sun is very advanced on 6G and works hand in hand with the United States to get ahead of China on this point.
We have a little thought for those who currently only have a 1 Mb ADSL connection and Edge on their phone… Courage to you guys!
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