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At IRCICA, The Institute for Research on Software Components and Materials for Advanced Information and Communication,a joint research unit of CNRS and the University of Lille, Laurent Bigot and Espen Anderston are working on multimode optical fibers, fibers which, incredibly, have seven cores instead of one and which have the potential to transmit seven times the data within the same cable space.
"With our solution, we expect to reach the petabit per second capacity," says Bigot. "But more than this, I hope that we will also be able to propose some future technology solutions that can save energy, reaching the same level of capacity at a lower cost for the environment."
Microsoft, Facebook, and the telecoms infrastructure company Telxius have announced the completion of the highest capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The cable is capable of transmitting 160 terabits of data per second, the equivalent of streaming 71 million HD videos at the same time, and 16 million times faster than an average home internet connection, Microsoft claims. The cable will be operational by early 2018.