Japanese scientists achieve INSANE data transmission speeds

How fast is your internet connection? On a good day, the wired connection on this computer can see download speeds of 900 megabytes per second. That’s plenty fast for my purposes, but I’m still jealous of certain communities in the US, Japan, New Zealand, and a few other countries where regular folk get up to 10 gigabytes per second.

But that’s nothing compared to what Japanese scientists just achieved. They just set a new world record for the fastest internet speed: 319 TERABYTES PER SECOND. I…can’t…even…

This is twice as fast as the last record set last year. And consider this: NASA’s backbone runs at 400 gigabytes per second.

And this wasn’t something achieved under weird lab conditions. They used existing fibre optic infrastructure over 3,000 km. This could mean that the technology will be backwards compatible. (An explanation of how it works can be found here.)

Here’s some homework: If there are 75 million songs in the Spotify library and the average song file size is 10 megabytes, how long would it take to download all 75 million songs using this technology? (I’m really bad at math, so I’m counting on you to come up with the answer.)

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  • Alright, here we go: 75,000,000 songs times 10Mb/song divided by 1,024 Mb/Gb divided by 1,024 Gb/Tb is 715 Tb. At 319 Tb/s that is just south of three seconds.


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