At 255 Terabits/s, This is One Ultra Fast Optical Fiber
Internet is now an essential utility in our lives. It has become at par with the telephone, electricity and for some more important than food. It’s a breeding ground for most of the world’s innovation and where people go to cut-copy-paste their assignments. But with the rapid increase in the new population gaining access to the service, the demand for bandwidth has also risen sharply. To meet this demand new technology has to be created, and one such research has brought out an optical cable that transmits data at an unbelievable speed of 255 Terabits per Second (Tbps).
Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and the University of Central Florida (CREOL) have published a report in the journal Nature Photonics. The team reports that they were able to transmit data at a whooping 255 Terabits/s over a new type of optical fiber. Previously a team of Dutch scientists had achieved a speed of 43 Tbps. This new fiber is almost six times the speed of the Dutch efforts.
To achieve this feat, the researchers used a new fibre that passes the information through seven different cores. The light waves that travel through these fiber’s face less photonic nonlinear effects, which limit the amount of information that can be recovered after transmission over the standard fiber. The fibre also makes a single road system into a seven-lane highway and also allows two additional vertical dimensions which significantly increases the transmission speed. It can be seen as a multilayered highway.
The European Union Horizon 2020 research program is focused on creating Petabits per Second (Pbps or 1000 Tbps) connections. TU/e and CREOL say that their 200 microns thick optical fiber can possibly achieve that high target. That would be one great feat to look forward to. Get ready guys, things are going to get interesting on the internet space, but not if you are getting your internet from an Indian ISP. Literally only Bhrama can fix that issue.