Data Travels at 1.4 Tbps in The World's Fastest Internet Connection
Jan 23, 2014 11:59
Think you've got great fiber connection? Maybe you do, but it's definitely not the fastest. The researchers in UK are tinkering with something even better: a 1.4 terabit connection.
Those lightning fast internet speeds were developed by a joint research team from French telecoms and company Alcatel-Lucent and BT. The magic of this isn't in the hardware, instead, in a new protocol named Flexigrid that lets you lay multiple signals over the top of each other in a single cable.
Data starts to race from point A to B in parallel. After layering them together, seven 200 Gbps channels form one, mega super speed highway offering 1.4 Tbps speeds across a 255 miles stretch of fiber that already exists between the BT Tower in London and a BT research campus in Suffolk. To give you a perspective of how fast 1.4 Terabits is:
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