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Fiber optic network with 1.2 terabit/s

Fiber optic network with 1.2 terabit/s

In order to be able to cope better with the future amounts of data on the Internet, a fiber optic network has now been put into operation between Berlin and Stuttgart, with which theoretically up to 1.2 Terabit/s can be transmitted.

This speed corresponds to about 2,000 music CDs or 280 DVD films per second. Such fiber optic networks should form the backbone of the Internet in the future, said State Secretary Uwe Thomas when presenting the project, which will run until April. Fiber optic technology should be available to the general public in five to seven years. The project called 'KomNet' costs 151 million D-Marks, of which industry contributes 68 million and the Ministry of Research 83 million. The companies involved include Alcatel, Siemens and Infineon, and the whole project is under the direction of the Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin.