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Japan Sets A New Internet Speed Record With A Data Throughput Of 319 Terabits Per Second

The multiple-gigabit internet speed records set a decade ago today appear woefully inadequate.
Scientists from Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) have broken the internet transfer record by transferring data at 319 terabits per second, according to Motherboard.
That’s nearly twice as fast as the 179Tbps achieved by a team of British and Japanese researchers in August 2020.
NICT was able to accomplish this by improving nearly every stage of the pipeline.
The fiber optic network featured four cores instead of one, and researchers used rare earth amplifiers to fire a 552-channel comb laser at different wavelengths.
The team employed coiled fiber to carry data over a simulated 1,864-mile distance without degrading signal quality or speed, while the test was tightly confined to the lab.
It could be a long time before this performance has a significant impact, as it has been with many of similar studies.
While the four-core fiber would be compatible with existing networks, the solution might be somewhat costly.
It’s more likely to be used in the beginning with internet backbones and other large-scale networking initiatives when capacity is more important than cost.
Yet, this could still have an impact on your internet consumption.
The NICT researchers hope that their next-generation fiber will make technologies “beyond 5G” (such as 6G) more feasible.
You might notice the advantages simply by switching to quicker internet service that doesn’t stutter when there’s a spike in traffic.

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