The World's Fastest Wi-Fi Makes Google Fiber Look Like Dial-Up

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Everybody hates wires, but if you want crazy speed, they're the way to go. But maybe not anymore. A team of German scientists have developed record-setting Wi-Fi that cooks right along at 100 Gigabits per second. You know, like Google Fiber but times 100.


The tech was developed by a joint team from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and this isn't their first record. They already set one for the world's fastest Wi-Fi with a 40Gbps connection a few months ago. These guys are legit.

Like the previous 40Gbps tech, this new 100Gbps version uses some super high-frequency signals (237.5 GHz) that let you really pack in the data. At 100Gbps, for instance, you can transmit a whole Blu-ray of data in two seconds flat. The catch is that high-frequency signals like this aren't very good at going through walls like the low frequency ones your average router spits out. So you wind up with something less like a dome of coverage and something more like an invisible cable where the ends need to be able to see each other.

Previously, IAF and KIT's tech was tested to blast data between the peaks of skyscrapers, and this new version could serve as a bad-ass, cheap, and modular framework for patching holes in fiber lines and bringing high-speed internet to places where it's too cost prohibitive or obnoxious to lay down a ton more fiber infrastructure. Which is to say, a lot of places.

But the best part is, this record probably won't stand for long. According to Swen König, one of the researchers on the project:

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.


Now just put that in my living room and we'll really be in business. [KIT via Hacker News]

Photo: KIT




Eric, I'm going to be honest and harsh here.

The fact that you say 'Google Fiber' instead of fiber optic just makes you look like an idiot, the kind of person who would say that they have AOL, not dial-up.

Google did not invent fiber optics. Google did not not invent fiber optic ISPs. Google did not innovate in this area. Google wasn't even remotely the first in this category, having been long since preceded by companies like Verizon, AT&T. As a matter of fact, Verizon FiOS has more subscribers in more areas than Google by far.

The only company in the world that could make the claim to fame on creating community-based fiber optic networks would be Airswitch/Switchpoint...and they can even back it up by having created the fiber switches that powered this revolution.

My family owned and operated the first revival of an Airswitch/Switchpoint fiber ISP in American Fork, Utah (at the time, there were still no other fiber ISPs). So even my family has a greater claim to fame on the "who's who of fiber optic ISPs."

What's next? Are we going to start referring to all cellular service as Cricket??

So please, don't act like a jackass and credit Google for that which they are not due credit.