Australian researchers have invented a device that had seen the worlds fastest internet speeds ever recorded.
The microcomb technology has been tested to show internet speeds 1 million times faster than current Australian broadband standards.
Researchers at Universities across Australia were involved with the development of the device which could be integrated into exisiting systems.
1 million times faster internet created by Australian scientists.
The team of mostly Melbourne researchers and scientists announced the news this week.
The teams from multiple Universities in Melbourne developed technology that would allow you to download 1,000 full length HD feature films in about one second.
Using a “microcomb” optical chip, the researchers were able to produce internet speeds of 44.2 terabits per second.
A team from Monash, Swinburne and RMIT universities announced their extraordinary breakthrough that could transform our communications and beyond.
“There’s a bit of a global race on at the moment to get this technology to a commercial stage, as the microcomb at its heart is useful in a really broad range of existing technologies,” Dr Bill Corcoran from Monash University, told The Independent.
“I’d guess that we could see devices like ours available to research labs in two to three years, and initial commercial use in about five years.”
The researchers said they achieved the world record speed by using a device that replaces lasers found in existing telecoms hardware, with a single piece of equipment known as a ‘micro-comb’.
The microcomb was planted into and tested – outside the laboratory – using existing infrastructure, similar to that used by Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN).
The new technology would have profound implications for humanity and may also usher in an era of more in In-depth styles of communication. The speeds could help us integrate Artificial Systems and Augmented Reality more readily in technology and our day to day lives.
“it’s not just Netflix we’re talking about here,” Corcoran added. “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.”
Microcomb tech could revolutionise the world
Published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, these findings have the potential to not only fast-track the next 25 years of Australia’s telecommunications capacity, but also the possibility for this home-grown technology to be rolled out across the world.
In light of the pressures being placed on the world’s internet infrastructure, recently highlighted by isolation policies as a result of COVID-19, the research team led by Dr Bill Corcoran (Monash), Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell (RMIT) and Professor David Moss (Swinburne) were able to achieve a data speed of 44.2 Terabits per second (Tbps) from a single light source.
This technology has the capacity to support the high-speed internet connections of 1.8 million households in Melbourne, Australia, at the same time, and billions across the world during peak periods.
Ryan is Contributing Editor