802.11ax "Terahertz" Wi-Fi will offer 10x speed
Scientists have been working on Terahertz Wi-Fi technology for years, but it seems there has just been a breakthrough, TechRadar reports. Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have achieved 34Gbps data speeds using the 500Ghz Terahertz Wi-Fi band.
Despite the name, the Terahertz band refers to bands between 300Ghz and 3Thz. In comparison, modern 802.11ac, the fastest consumer Wi-Fi technology currently available, has a maximum throughput of 1.3Gbps and operates at frequencies between 2.5 and 5Ghz.
There have been faster transfer speeds achieved by researchers, up to 100Gbps. However, the effective range was only a few centimeters. The 34Gbps achieved by the Tokyo Institute of Technology scientists is notable not just for its increase in speed, but for the fact it maintains a range similar to existing 5Ghz Wi-Fi.
According to Naoto Oshimo, a scientist who is working on the project, the technology is also highly scalable, thus we should see even further increased speeds in the future.