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New record set for fastest data transmission -- 2.56 terabits a second

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In the never ending search for better data transmission over the fiber optic backbones that hold our Internet together, Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications has teamed with Fujitsu to see how much data they could squeeze through one of those glass pipes. The results sure look good; by pumping light at various wavelengths they managed to squeeze 60 DVDs worth of data a second over a 100 mile link. The new 2.56tbps records smashes the old 1.28tbps record, and reminds us once again how much our cable connection really sucks.

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