Fastest broadband speed: 1.125Tbps

A new record for the fastest ever data rate for digital information has been set by UCL researchers in the Optical Networks Group.

They achieved a rate of 1.125Tbps as part of research on the capacity limits of optical transmission systems, designed to address the growing demand for fast data rates.

Researcher Dr Robert Maher from UCL said that while current commercial optical transmission systems are capable of receiving single channel data rates of up to 100Gbps, they are working with to design the next generation core networking and communications systems that can handle data signals at rates in excess of 1Tbps.

“For comparison, this is almost 50,000 times greater than the average speed of a UK broadband connection of 24Mbps, which is the current speed defining “superfast” broadband,” said Maher.

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