Superfast WiFi that offers speeds more than 100 times faster than what is available today is on the horizon.
Thanks to a new technological breakthrough, scientists in the U.S. have discovered how to send video signals using terahertz, rather than using traditional microwaves.
By using terahertz, data could travel at a whopping 50 gigabits per second, which is around 100 times faster than most of the WiFi networks used today.
Professor Daniel Mittleman, from Brown University in the US, said: “We showed that we can transmit separate data streams on terahertz waves at very high speeds and with very low error rates.
“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.”
Current voice and data networks use microwaves to carry signals wirelessly, but as demand on the networks is ever increasing, scientists have been trying to developer faster networks with larger bandwidth and great capacity.
However, while the breakthrough is significant it will be a few years yet before the new technology is ready for use by the general public.
Scientists have only now started experimenting with terahertz frequencies and many of the basic components which would need to be included in smartphones and computers haven’t even been developed yet.