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February 26, 2015

UK Researchers achieve record data transfer speed

The new hyper speed data transfer technology will be showcased to the public by 2018.

By CBR Staff Writer

Researchers from the University of Surrey have achieved a breakthrough in sending one terabit per second (Tbps)of data, which is far faster than existing data transfer rates.

The university’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) professor Rahim Tafazolli said that the new hyper speed data transfer technology will be showcased to public by 2018.

If data is transferred at such speed it will be more than 65,000 times faster than average 4G download speeds, according to the BBC.

5GIC is now developing the technologies to support 5G services.

Tafazolli said told V3, "We have developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1Tbps wirelessly.

"This is the same capacity as fibre optics but we are doing it wirelessly."

The technology has already been trialed in lab conditions using transmitters and receivers to send data over a distance of 100m.

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Researchers are now planning to test the technology inside the campus during 2016 before showcasing the technology in 2018.

Tafazolli added, "We want to be the first in the world to show such high speeds," he said.

"An important aspect of 5G is how it will support applications in the future. We don’t know what applications will be in use by 2020, or 2030 or 2040 for that matter, but we know they will be highly sensitive to latency.

"We need to bring end-to-end latency down to below one millisecond so that it can enable new technologies and applications that would just not be possible with 4G."

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