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New Record: 100 Petabits per second (100 Million Gibabits)

100 petabit bell labs New Record:  100 Petabits per second (100 Million Gibabits)

How fast does something have to be before it’s almost incomprehensible?  That’s the question I asked myself as I read the announcement from Alcetel-Lucent that the scientists at Bell labs had broken the transmission speed record of more than 100 Petabits per second.

If you are like me you are asking, “What the heck is a Petabit?”.  One Petabit is the equivalent of 100 million Gigabits per second.  To get an idea of just how big this test was, sending 100 Petabits per second is like sending the amount of information contained in 400 DVDs per second.  And what’s even more astounding, they sent the data over a distance of 7000 kilometers. (roughly Paris to Chicago) To accomplish this feat, the scientists used 155 individual lasers, each carrying 100 Gigabits of data per second.

This is a vast improvement over our current undersea transmission lines which operate at less than 1/10 of this speed currently.

With the massive expansion of internet usage and the ever increasing demands for faster and faster speeds, this kind of technology will help carriers meet the need of their customers and to create new and exciting ways to provide more interactive content.

“There is no question that this record breaking transmission is a milestone in achieving the network capacity and speeds and a key step forward in satisfying the ongoing explosion in demand,” said Gee Rittenhouse, head of Bell Labs Research. “This is a prime example of Bell Labs preeminent research and demonstrates the ability of our researchers to solve complex problems,” he explained.

[source: Alcatel-Lucent]

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Daniel Black is the President and CEO of MobiMadness, Inc. Over the last 4 decades Dan has been an IT Director, Project Manager, Firefighter, EMT, and Army Staff Sergeant (retired).

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