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Fastest ever internet speed recorded, capable of downloading 10,000 HD movies in a split second

 A team from the Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities in Australia say they managed to clock 44.2 terabits per second (Tbps) - millions of times faster than the average broadband speed in the UK, which is around 64 megabits per second (Mbps).

Researchers claim they have set a new record for the fastest ever internet speed, capable of downloading 1,000 HD movies in under a second.

The technology has the capacity to support the high-speed internet connections of Melbourne’s 1.8 million households at the same time, and billions across the world during peak periods.

While demonstrations of this magnitude are usually confined to laboratory conditions, the team managed to achieve these record speeds using existing communications infrastructure where they were able to efficiently load-test the network.

They 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. 

The micro-comb is essentially a laser source, described as “like a rainbow made up of hundreds of high quality infrared lasers” and produced by a single chip.

Each laser, or specific frequency of light which is being beamed, has the capacity to be used as a separate communications channel.

While it was able to work on Australia’s fibre optic network, unfortunately much of the UK’s telecommunications infrastructure still relies on copper wires.

According to the research, the result was the highest amount of data ever produced by a single optical chip – which are used in modern fibre-optic broadband systems.

The team behind the study said the findings show how internet connections could look like in the future.

“We’re currently getting a sneak peek 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, co-lead author of the study and lecturer in electrical and computer systems at Monash University, said.

“It’s really showing us that we need to be able to scale the capacity of our internet connections."

"What our research demonstrates is the ability for fibres that we already have in the ground, thanks to the NBN project, to be the backbone of communications networks now and in the future."

He added: “We’ve developed something that is scaleable to meet future needs.

“And it’s not just Netflix we’re talking about here – it’s the broader scale of what we use our communication networks for.

"This data can be used for self-driving cars and future transportation and it can help the medicine, education, finance and e-commerce industries, as well as enable us to read with our grandchildren from kilometres away.”

Professor David Moss, another leader of the study and a director of the optical sciences centre at Swinburne University, said: "It is truly exciting to see their capability in ultra-high bandwidth fibre optic telecommunications coming to fruition."

“This work represents a world-record for bandwidth down a single optical fibre from a single chip source, and represents an enormous breakthrough for part of the network which does the heaviest lifting."

"Micro-combs offer enormous promise for us to meet the world's insatiable demand for bandwidth."

Professor Mitchell, who also worked on the project, said reaching the optimum data speed of 44.2Tbps showed the potential of existing Australian infrastructure. The future ambition of the project is to scale up the current transmitters from hundreds of gigabytes per second towards tens of terabytes per second without increasing size, weight or cost.

The research has been published in the journal Nature Communications.

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