New data transmission record set - Enables 21x more bandwidth than current networks

10/27/2014 - 00:00

By Sebastian Anthony -

A joint group of researchers from the Netherlands and the US have smashed the world speed record for a fiber network, pushing 255 terabits per second down a single strand of glass fiber. This is equivalent to around 32 terabytes per second — enough to transfer a 1GB movie in 31.25 microseconds (0.03 milliseconds), or alternatively, the entire contents of your 1TB hard drive in about 31 milliseconds.


R.G.H. van Uden et al, Ultra-high-density spatial division multiplexing with a few-mode multicore fibre, Nature Photonics (online, 26 October 2014) 
DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2014.243