Bell Labs Sets Data Transmission Speed Record

Ainsley Jones

Scientists at Bell Labs, the research arm of networking firm Alcatel-Lucent, have broken records with a new data transfer technique that allows up to 10 times the data transmission rates over long distances, resulting in speeds of more than 100 Petabits (Pb) per second per kilometer over a distance equivalent to that between Chicago and Paris.


Researchers placed repeaters 90km apart to maintain signal strength. In addition, advanced signal processors were used to boost capacity, says The Inquirer. While such technology is a few years away from replacing fibre optic undersea cables, the advance is important in meeting the growing capacity demands of video on the Web, according to GigaOM.

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