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Wireless network achieves 100Gbps transfer speed

Scientists in Germany claim have developed Wi-Fi that can achieve speeds of 100Gbps and in the process produce a service that is up to 100 times faster than Google Fiber.

A team comprised of research fellows from both the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics [IAT] and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology [KIT] tested Wi-Fi to show that a sustained transfer rate of 100Gbps can be achieved using high frequencies in the 237Ghz range.

The Wi-Fi claims to be able to transfer an entire Blu-ray ISO in as little as two seconds but due to the high frequencies involved the signal cannot pass through walls and there must be a clear line of sight between devices at all times for it to function.

The team has already broken the record once before with technology dubbed as Millilink clocking speeds of 40Gbps over a one kilometre wireless link – a new world record at the time. The bad news for anyone looking to compete is that the scientists involved aren’t content with the current record either.

“By employing optical and electrical multiplexing techniques, i.e., by simultaneously transmitting multiple data streams, and by using multiple transmitting and receiving antennas, the data rate could be multiplied. Hence, radio systems having a data rate of 1 terabit per second appear to be feasible,” researcher Swen König told Gizmodo.

The tests blast Google Fiber out of the water, which Google dubbed as 100 times faster than today’s average broadband connection when it launched in select US states last year. Google Fiber achieved speeds of 1Gbps and promised no more buffering, loading or waiting.

Google Fiber is available in a clutch of US places with packages ranging from $70 [£45] per month all the way up to $120 [£80] per month depending on the level and nature of package chosen.

Image Credit: KIT