New fiber-optic cable will transmit 255 terabits per second

An international group of researchers from the United States and the Netherlands has developed a fiber-optic cable that is unique in its capabilities, through which a gigantic amount of information, equal to 255 terabits per second, can be transmitted. As a comparison, it is worth noting that this corresponds to the amount of information consumed by the entire Internet during peak hours.

To achieve this result, scientists have created a multi-core "strand" of fiber optic filaments. If we draw an analogy, the new technology allows "three cars to go on each other at once in the same lane."

Currently operating fiber-optic cables consist of thousands of strands of transparent dielectric slightly thicker than a human hair, through which modulated light signals are transmitted using a laser. So, for example, Morse code signals transmitted over an optical fiber channel will cause a light bulb on the opposite end of the wire to flash.

By reducing the diameter of the glass fibers, the scientists managed to compress the transmitted information in such a way that its transmission speed increased to 32 terabytes per second. This figure exceeds the capacity of all fiber-optic cables laid along the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. However, according to experts, it will take decades until this revolutionary development becomes in demand.