Scientists in the UK have managed to achieve the ‘fastest ever’ broadband speeds of 1.4 terabits per second, which is sufficient to transmit 44 high-definition movies at the same time. The test was conducted by British Telecom and France-based networking equipment company Alcatel-Lucent, which achieved the high speeds of 1.4 terabits per second on the current fiber network in London.
Moreover, the latest breakthrough is perceived as highly important for internet service providers. This also means that a greater amount of information can be sent via current broadband infrastructure, which in turn has the ability to reduce the need for pricey upgrades.
There are quicker ways of transmitting data – including the usage of complicated laser technology – but this is the first test to reach such high speeds outside testing labs. The test was conducted on an online BT Tower in central London in October 2013 and November 2013. The test was also conducted at the company’s research campus close to Ipswich.
The optical marketing leader at Alcatel Lucent, Kevin Drury linked the development to decreasing space between lanes on a busy road, while enabling additional lanes of traffic to flow through the same area. Drury went on to say that flexibility could be adapted to specific needs, like opening of an extra lane during the morning rush hour.
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