A team of researchers have successfully completed a groundbreaking trial, achieving 1.4 terabits per second over fibre.
The field trial, by Alcatel-Lucent and BT, saw a connection between London and Suffolk taking place (over 400 kilometres separating them), Phys.org reported.
The speedy connection utilised existing fibre links, with researchers simply increasing the “density of channels”.
This Speed is fast enough to download 44 uncompressed HD films per second according to the Wall Street Journal, who said the trial used a new ‘flexible grid’ infrastructure (Flexgrid) to vary the gaps between transmission channels, usually set at 50 Gigahertz (GHz).
The new technology does however mean that networks might not have to lay down more fibre to increase capacity.