A number of researchers in Australia from a number of universities saw the highest ever internet speed ever recorded – 44.2TB/sec. With this speed, if you are wondering, you can download 1,000 HD movies in less than a second.
The network test was performed by researchers from Monash, Swinburne, and RMIT universities. The internet speed was achieved using a single optical chip. The study has stated that during peak time, the internet speed at this rate can be used by 1.8 million homes in Melbourne.
The research team led for the network speed test was by Dr Bill Corcoran (Monash), Professor Arnan Mitchell from RMIT and David Moss from Swinburne. The team states that their breakthrough in the internet speed will assist in the advancement of technology. Fast internet bandwidth could quicken the development of effective self-driving car solutions and also help in building a robust digital education network.
“We’re currently getting a sneak-peak of how the infrastructure for the internet will hold up in two to three years’ time, due to the unprecedented number of people using the internet for remote work, socialising and streaming, Dr Bill Corcoran, Lecturer – Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University mentioned in the release.
Tests of this nature and magnitude have been confined to laboratories but the unique part was – “This test was done using the existing communication infrastructure. The researchers were able to load-test it on the network, the report said.
To get this speed, the researchers installed “76.6km of ‘dark’ optical fibres between RMIT’s Melbourne City Campus and Monash University’s Clayton Campus. The optical fibres were provided by Australia’s Academic Research Network,” said the report.
They explained the test methodology. “The group used a new device that replaces 80 lasers with one single piece of equipment known as a micro-comb, which is smaller and lighter than existing telecommunications hardware. It was planted into and load-tested using existing infrastructure, which mirrors that used by the National Broadband Network (NBN).”