"Fastest Ever" Internet Speed of 1.4 terabits per second Achieved

Imagine you can download 44 HD films in a single second. That’s possible if you have an internet connection of 1.4 terabits per second (Tb/s) or 179.2 gigabyte. Data transfer is measured in bits, not to be confused with bytes. One byte is equivalent to eight bits.
Image: fiber connections
French networking company Alcatel-Lucent and British Telecom (BT) said speeds of 1.4 Tb/s where achieved during their joint test. This means that the result is a 42.5 percent increase in data transmission efficiency compared to today’s typical networks.
The test proves that greater amounts of data can be sent in a blink of an eye.
Conducted on a 410 km link between the BT Tower in central London and BT’s Adstral Park in Ipswich, the test made use of existing fiber cables already installed in much of the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.
Image: Map London to Ipswich
Obviously this speed could be reached without too much of an overhaul of the today’s technology system. However, customers would still have to wait for some time until everything is set to use the “fastest ever” internet connection.
Statement from alcatel-lucent.com:
Neil J. McRae, Chief Network Architect at BT said:
“Investing for the future is core to BT’s strategy and this outstanding achievement demonstrates that BT can easily introduce new features and technologies across our core network maximizing the efficiency of our existing infrastructure. Working with Alcatel-Lucent on this trial has been highly productive in demonstrating the viability of an alien wavelength approach”

Dr Tim Whitley, BT’s MD of Research and Innovation said:
“BThas alonghistory of leading innovation in telecommunications, from the earliest days of the electric telegraph to today’s global fiber networks.These trials continue that tradition,as weworkwithAlcatel-Lucentto push the boundaries of fiber technology,allowing us tosupport the ever increasing bandwidth required by our customers, and deliver new and exciting services which rely on fast, data-hungry applications”

Cormac Whelan, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland said:
“As part of our long-standing relationship, BT and Alcatel-Lucent continue to work together to use innovation from Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent and BT Research and Development to move the industry forward and meet the ever evolving needs of the marketplace. These trials represent another step forwards by BT and Alcatel-Lucent in this continual evolution”
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