Researchers at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute for Technology and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics have set a new record for data transmission wirelessly, resulting in the world’s fastest Wi-Fi connection. While the speed of 100Gbps that the researchers were able to produce is impressive, they were only able to carry the signal a distance of 66 feet.
With this proof of concept completed, work can now be done to fine tune the signal and get it to reach to much greater distances. Imagine having a single Wi-Fi station set up for an entire city that allowed users to wirelessly stream dozens of HD movies in a matter of seconds. That is theoretically possible with this new breakthrough.
One of the largest obstacles though may not be the range, but the actual frequency that the 100Gbps signal uses. In order to achieve the speed, the researchers are using an extremely high frequency 237.5 GHz spectrum. This isn’t really suited for indoor use as that spectrum has a hard time penetrating walls, so for the time being these speeds are really only useful for outdoor use.
There is still a lot of work needed before something like this goes mainstream, but it is interesting to see where we are headed in the wireless space. Before now, speeds like this have only been achievable with wired fiber connections.