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A team of scientists working in Germany claim to have broken the world record for wireless data transfer speed.

Researchers based out of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics (IAF) and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) say they successfully completed a 100Gb data transmission.

The achievement came over a distance of 20m via a wireless radio network at 237.5GHz.

In a previous outdoor test, the researchers were able to transfer data at 40Gb over a distance of 1km - hinting at its potential as an alternative to fixed broadband.

Professor Ingmar Kallfass explained that the project focused on integration of a broadband radio relay link into fibre-optical systems.

"For rural areas in particular, this technology represents an inexpensive and flexible alternative to optical fibre networks, whose extension can often not be justified from an economic point of view," he stated.

"At a data rate of 100Gb per second, it would be possible to transmit the contents of a blu-ray disk or of five DVDs between two devices by radio within two seconds only."

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