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Boffins Invent 2.56Terabits Per Second

Posted: 27th Mar, 2006 By: MarkJ
Boffins from the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications in Berlin have put their collaboration with Fujitsu to good use. The group managed to succeed in transferring at a rate of 2.56Tbps over a 160km long glass fibre link:

The domo exceeds the existing world record of 1.2 Terabits per second. This data rate means the transmission of approximately 60 DVDs within one second, or the entire contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica in less than a minute.

As well as the speed record, the institute boffins also hold two distance records: Data transmission at 1,28TB per second over a glass fibre link with a length of 240km and data transmission of 160GB per second over a glass fibre link with a length of 4000km.

The VNUNet item notes that telecommunications / networking traffic increases by roughly 50% each year, thus making the new technology very important. Similarly it could also help to push down the costs of bandwidth.
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