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Want to download a film in less than the blink of an eye? Enter the 43Tbps data connection

Danish researchers have smashed the data transfer world record after reaching a speed of 43Tbps over a single piece of fibre thus surpassing their long-time German foes.

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The Technical University of Denmark [DTU] managed to achieve the speed using a single laser transmitter through one piece of fibre optic wiring and in a user-friendly installation it would translate to 5.4Tbps.

If and when these speeds reach consumers it would allow them to transfer the entire contents of a 1TB hard drive in just a fifth of a second and a 1GB DVD in just 0.2 milliseconds, according to Extreme Tech.

The milestone is a significant one for DTU as it previously held the record on two separate occasions with 5.1Tbps back in October 2009 and 9.5Tbps in 2011 before the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology [KIT] outsmarted it with a 26Tbps speed in the same year.

KIT’s record eventually grew to 32Tbps and the rivalry is significant enough for DTU to name-check its German counterpart in the press release announcing the new speed.

One of the most significant things about this record is the way it has used a single laser over a single fibre and this being the fact means that it could find its way into the real world a lot more quickly.

The fibre it used was created by Japanese firm NNT and has seven glass threads, or cores, that makes it easier to transfer a higher level of data despite the fibre being the same width as a regular piece of fibre.

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All eyes will now be on the guys over at KIT to try and reclaim top spot from the Danes in what is an intriguing race for speed perfection.