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Seven-Core Fiber Achieves Record 255 Tb/s Transmission

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EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, Nov. 4, 2014 — A new type of optical fiber has 21 times more bandwidth than is available in existing communications networks, potentially cutting the impending “optical transmission capacity crunch” off at the pass. A team from Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Central Florida developed the new fiber, which has seven cores instead of one, and was used to transmit 255 Tb/s — the existing standard is 4 to 8 Tb/s. The world is on the verge of reaching “the fundamental limit of single-mode fiber transmission capacity,” but seven-core fiber could...Read full article

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