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Research Claims Wi-Fi 100 Times Faster Than Usual Could Be On The Way

Mark McGowan

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Research Claims Wi-Fi 100 Times Faster Than Usual Could Be On The Way

In this day and age when we expect everything super fast, Wi-Fi is the main source of pain.

To be honest, we could be on quite fast Wi-Fi, but if it takes longer than a few seconds to load a video or webpage, we've instantly dismissed it as shit. We're all lazy, impatient millennials, to be frank.

But recent reports suggest that a new breakthrough could mean we could be getting our daily dose of viral videos up to 100 times faster, according to Metro.

US researchers reportedly sent video signals using 'terahertz' waves, a higher-frequency than Wi-Fi's usual microwaves, which apparently means data could travel at 50 gigabits per second.

A representation of terahertz waves. Credit: Daniel Mittleman/Brown University

"We showed that we can transmit separate data streams on terahertz waves at very high speeds and with very low error rates," Professor Daniel Mittleman, from Brown University in the US, said. "This is the first time anybody has characterized a terahertz multiplexing system using actual data, and our results show that our approach could be viable in future terahertz wireless networks."

It all sounds very good, but for this build up, plus the gargantuan price that'll inevitably be slapped on it, I'd want things on my phone to have loaded before I've even searched for them.

As with a lot of other things like this, it'll take time to come. Just like in 2015 when Google said it was bringing free Wi-Fi to the entire world.

Their major and ambitious project is reportedly going to start in New York City. The tech giant will transform 10,000 of the old phone booths into 'ad-supported wifi pylons'. A new company has been set up to oversee the development called Sidewalk Labs.

"It was formed to look at the confluence of the physical and digital world to solve urban problems. The idea is to use technology not to make cities all the same, but enhance what makes them unique and individual," CEO Dan Doctoroff said.

They were supposed to be made into wireless hotspots but also allow people to charge their phones, make free domestic phone calls and access an information hub for public transport and other info about the city the user is in.

It was reported that if it worked it'd be introduced globally. Two years on and it's not exactly common. McDonald's free Wi-Fi will do for now.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Internet

Mark McGowan
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