Technology advances and every time we have better devices, higher Internet speed, and, ultimately, more possibilities for our day today. Without a doubt, having a good connection is essential. We have many services that need to be permanently connected to the network. We have seen that in recent years fiber optics has caused an important change in this regard. How far can speed go? We echo a new record that they have managed to break in Japan.
Japan breaks any internet speed barrier
A group of engineers from Japan has achieved a new record for the Internet speed ever achieved. They have presented these results at this year’s International Conference on Fiber Optic Communications.
Without a doubt, it is a really remarkable speed, but even more so if we compare it with the current record, which was 178 Tbps and that was achieved just a year ago. Furthermore, the record before the latter was 44 Tbps. Therefore, we can say that we are seeing more than important advances in Internet speed in a very short time.
Keep in mind that currently in Spain the maximum speed that we can hire is 1 Gbps. In addition, the maximum achieved at the domestic level, for now, is about 10 Gbps.
The gap between the current connections and the record they have achieved in Japan is more than evident. However, if we look back we can see that not too long ago we had Internet connections that barely reached 20 Mbps. Even if we go a little further back we will remember the 56K connections.
It is logical to think that in a few years the base fiber optic speed that we are going to have in our homes will be 1 Gbps symmetric. We can also say that 10 Gbps, with the right hardware for it, will be a general reality in no time.
But yes, we will have to wait a lot longer to achieve even a tenth of that record reached by this group of Japanese researchers.
Do we need that much speed?
When we see records of this type being broken as we have indicated, we can ask ourselves if we really need that much speed. The truth is that if we think about the current use of the network, the services, and the applications that we use, we can understand that it is not necessary to have 319 Tbps.
It is the same as if we put ourselves in the situation of a few years ago when we had speeds that barely exceeded 15 Mbps. It was not so frequent to use Streaming services where we can watch high-quality videos on platforms such as Netflix, for example.
However now, at present, we can see such a speed as something very limited. We would have problems playing streaming videos in 4K, even more so if we use several devices at the same time.
Therefore, we can say that in a few years with total probability the needs of having a good connection will be very different from the current ones. Perhaps what we now see as a great Internet speed, such as 1 Gbps fiber optics, in a decade will be something too basic.
What internet speed do I need? Check out this calculator
Do we really need that much internet speed? What would be the ideal rate that I should hire? This logically depends on certain factors, such as the use that we are going to give the connection, the number of devices, the number of users that connect … In this article, we echo a calculator that they have designed to facilitate the task to users.
Calculator to know how much Internet I need
This is a calculator that they have created from Consumer Report. It is very easy to use and shows us, according to the sum of the total, how much Internet a user is going to need. This will help to clear up doubts when we do not know what rate to hire or when the question arises as to whether what we have really is going to be enough or we will have problems.
The calculator will analyze the use that we are going to give the connection. It will also ask us what kind of programs or services we are going to use. All this will be added to the final result, which will be the one that tells us what minimum rate we are going to need to navigate without problems.
It is not the same to use the Internet connection only from a computer to navigate and send emails, then another user who may be using several devices at the same time to download and upload files to the cloud, play in Streaming in maximum quality, video calls, etc.
Therefore, what the calculator does is analyze all this. It is going to analyze the actual use that we are going to give the connection and it will indicate to us what speed we are going to need. Depending on the use, we will consume more or less bandwidth. We will simply have to mark what they ask us, as we see in the image.
In our example we have since we are going to use three devices for social networks, from two we will send emails, another Video Streaming, a couple more Video Streaming but in 4K, those two will also be used to listen to music, play online, another using a video call and also a video surveillance system. Obviously, it is a simulation, an example simply to see how useful the calculator is. In this case, the approximate minimum that we are going to need is 105 Mbps.
Not all services consume the same
Keep in mind that not everything we use in our day-to-day will consume the same. We can use a single computer and from this equipment consume all the bandwidth, while we can have another 20 devices and they barely spend connection.
An example of the first thing we mention is if from a computer we are downloading and uploading large files to the cloud, broadcasting 4K video, and using a program that connects remotely to a server to exchange information.
Instead, we can have a large number of IoT devices at home and barely exchange data on the network. In this case, we would hardly consume resources and we would not need to have a too high rate to be able to navigate normally.