One of the biggest limitations of modern network technology is the speed of data transmission between different devices. Scientists from University College London (UCL), KDDI and Xtera have decided to change that recently by working together to set a new global record for the speed of data transfer using. New method of transmitting data over fiber optic cable.
Specifically, after many years of research with many successes and failures, the scientists finally set a new data transfer speed record when reaching 178 terabits (equivalent to 178 million megabits) per second. . According to UCL, this figure is close to the (theoretical) maximum data transfer rate determined by the American mathematician Claude Shannon. Previously, this record was set by a waitress in Japan and it was 20% slower than the new record.
The new data transfer speeds are fast enough to download entire Netflix movies in less than a second, researchers say. Or you can download the entire game dubbed the world’s heaviest with about 2 million GB – Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 in just 12 short seconds.
To achieve this new record for the rate of data transfer, scientists used constellations, also known as “Geometric Shaping”. Simply put, these are new features that optimize data transmission by using different lighting characteristics and several amplification techniques to increase the overall signal power. The biggest advantage of Galdino’s solution was that it only needed to upgrade the existing infrastructure to achieve record internet speeds. Instead of replacing fiber optic cables, just upgrade the amplifier at a cost of about 21,100 USD for every 40-100 km of fiber optic cable.