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Wi-Fi that is hundreds of times faster than the current offering could be on its way following a breakthrough by scientists.

Researcher at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed wireless internet that is capable of achieving download speeds of 42.8Gbps using new infrared technology. For comparison, in 2016 an Ofcom report showed the average download speed for fixed-line home broadband customers in the UK stood at 28.9Mbps.

The system utilises infrared rays to transmit data from central light antenna to devices and researchers say that because each device will use a specific wavelength, the speed will not decrease if multiple users are connected.

In principle, the speed is fast enough to download 60 films per second, but Dr Ton Koonen, Professor of Broadband Communication Technology at the university, believes it will be at least five years before the new technology is available to the average consumer.

He expects the first applications for the new type of wireless network will be to connect devices that consume high amounts of data, such as video monitors and laptops.

The breakthrough has come as part of the wider BROWSE projected headed by Dr Koonen, along with funding from the European Research Council.

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