A team of researchers from Germany was able to create a wireless network with a transfer rate of 100 gigabits per second (ie 12.5 GB/s), breaking the previous record of 40 Gbps, a record held by the same team.
The new technology was developed at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany and the achieved speed is ten times faster than Google Fiber.
For now, the researchers were able to transfer files at 100Gbps in the laboratory on a distance of 20 meters. In 2012, they were able to transfer files at 40Gbps over a distance of one kilometer.
This discovery is important for the following reasons. First, such a technology would allow us to have greater download speeds. The second reason is applicability. This wireless network signal is generated by a laser, so it may be used in conjunction with the optical fiber.
Both discoveries (the 40Gbps and the 100Gbps) are a part of Millilink project that started in March 2010 and it was funded by the German government with 2.7 million. The goal of the project was to bring inexpensive broadband Internet in rural areas.
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