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Japan sets new record, brings world closer to internet 100,000 times faster than current speeds

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  • The world is about to get a whole lot faster — 100,000 times faster to be exact, thanks to researchers in Japan who have set a new record for data transmission speeds.
  • The National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) reported on May 30 that they had successfully demonstrated the world’s first transmission speed of 1.02 petabit per second in a multi-core fiber (MCF).
  • One petabit (PiB) is equivalent to 1,000,000 gigabits (GiB), and the new record could usher in new home internet speeds of 100,000 times faster than any of the current fastest services on the market.
  • With this power, 1 petabit per second would mean 10 million channels of 8K broadcasting per second; live coverage would be possible with virtually no lapse.
  • The demonstration also transmits data using a standard optic fiber cable, meaning it is technology that is potentially available for immediate and wide use.

Editor’s Note (6/6/22): A previous version of this story used incorrect units of data. PB has been changed to PiB, to refer to petabit. Also updated is the term gigabyte (GB) to gigabit (GiB).

The world is about to get a whole lot faster — 100,000 times faster to be exact, thanks to researchers in Japan who have set a new record for data transmission speeds.