Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (FIAF) and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) have managed to transmit data over the air at a speed of 40 Gbps – fast enough to send a full DVD in under a second.
The experimental device that has set a new world record for wireless connectivity broadcasts at ultra-high frequency of 240 GHz, and has been tested over a distance of one kilometre (0.62 miles).
Scientists involved in the project say that in the future, this kind of technology could close gaps between ultrafast fibre networks and help rural communities connect to the Internet.
For comparison, the speed of the fastest W-Fi solutions currently on the market is limited to 300 Mbps with th eIEEE 802.11n standard, and a promise of going to faster speeds with the IEEE 802.11ac spec.
Who needs fibre
According to the FTTH Council Europe, Germany currently lags behind its neighbours in fibre network adoption. To help close the gap, researchers from two German universities have developed a fully integrated electronic transmitter and receiver technology that could replace 'Fibre-to-the-Home' in instances when putting down cable is not economically viable.
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