French telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent and British telecommunications provider BT transferred data at 1.4 terabits per second on a 255-mile link between BT’s central London tower and a sit in Ipswich. For perspective, that’s enough speed to download 44 high-definition movies at once (and really, who doesn’t need 44 HD movies at once?).
But it’s Internet service providers who will ultimately get the most bang for their buck, increasing their capacity for data transfer by using existing broadband infrastructure, namely fiber cable technology.
From the article:
"Kevin Drury, optical marketing leader at Alcatel-Lucent, likened the development to reducing space between lanes on a busy motorway, enabling more lanes of traffic to flow through the same area."
However, just like squeezing more cars on the road heightens the chance for accidents, cramming more data into a fiber line creates more potential for interference and error.
But Alcatel-Lucent and BT claim their test exhibited "stable, error-free operation."
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