Dutch and American researchers have now succeeded for the first time in increasing data transmission in fiber optic cables by a factor of 21. It is now possible to send data at 255 terabits per second through the new fiber optic cable – a new record!
The new fiber optic cable is barely thicker than the traditional fiber optic cable, although two additional orthogonal dimensions have been added. As a result, additional light signals are sent through the fiber optic cable at even closer intervals. In addition, the researchers were able to increase the number of light cores from two to seven, which is also a significant increase.
For comparison: With this new fiber optic cable, it is possible to transfer one gigabyte of data in just 31.24 microseconds.
However, it is questionable whether this new fiber optic cable will actually be used in the next few years. In Germany, for example, new fiber optic lines are currently being laid across the board. However, the old cables are still used here.