Deutsche Telekom tests 512Gbps fiber optic network in Germany,breaks record in the process originally appeared on Engadget on Mon,05 Mar 2012 17:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you thought Google’s Kansan stab at blistering gigabit speeds was lust-worthy,then this latest fiber feat out of Germany should have you flooding the room with drool. Part of Deutsche Telekom’s OSIRIS (Optically Supported UP Router Interfaces) project,the telco’s T-Labs team managed to successfully transfer data “over a single optical fiber wavelength channel”from Berlin to Hanover and back at speeds of up to 512Gbps —that’s over half a terabit. It’s hard to imagine just what exactly you’d be able to do with all that bandwidth (upload your entire music and video library,perhaps?),but this real-world experiment should go a long way towards helping operators shore up increasing network demands,going so far as doubling their backhaul capacity. As for any actual implementation of the next-gen tech,well,the good news is that a costly and lengthy cable deployment won’t be necessary;all that’s required to get these state-of-the-art dumb pipes up and running is some newfangled terminal equipment. Don’t hold your breath,though,as with all things bleeding edge,this tech is still light years away from your mitts.