Engineers in Japan have set a new world record for the fastest internet speed, achieving a data transmission rate of 319 terabits per second (Tb/s).
Researchers from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Japan presented their experiment at the International Conference on Fiber Optic Communication 2021.
The new speed — achieved over 3,001 km with 4-core optical fibre — overtakes the earlier record of 178 Tb/s set less than a year ago and is seven times faster than the previous record of 44.2 Tb/s set by an experimental photonic chip, as per media reports.
The US space agency NASA itself uses a speed of just 400 Gb/s. To compare, the average fastest rate for home internet connections is 10 Gb/s.