Breakthrough fiberoptic cable 2500 times faster than the fastest internet
Imagine downloading your favorite flick in 31 thousandths of a second. Such insane internet speeds are now a reality, with researchers rolling out a 255 terabits per second fiberoptic network which could transport the entire Internet on a single cable.
The cable, the joint effort of Dutch and US scientists, is 2,550 times faster than the fastest single-fiber links in commercial operation today.
In real terms, it could transfer a 1 GB movie in 0.03 milliseconds or the entire contents of your 1 terabit hard drive in about 31 milliseconds.
At this speed, a single fiber optic cable could theoretically carry the all the data on the internet at peak times.
But how does it work?
Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Central Florida employed a well-known but still cost-prohibitive technology; multi-mode fiber.
Normal fibre optic cables contain thousands of strands of glass or plastic…
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