Alcatel-Lucent Unveils World’s Most Powerful Broadband Infrastructure

Were you among the many Kevin Spacey fans frustrated by streaming House of Cards? Don’t blame just Netflix; your bandwidth-hogging neighbors and your plodding broadband provider with its antiquated network are part of the problem, too.Video now accounts for more than half of all consumer Internet traffic, which puts enormous constraints on high-speed broadband transmission lines. It’s about to get a lot worse, Cisco Systems predicts: By 2016, there will be 1.2 million minutes of video streamed or downloaded every second — the equivalent of 6 million years’ worth of video traveling across the Internet every month.The future won’t necessarily be slow, however. Last week, Alcatel-Lucent and France Télécom-Orange announced they had successfully deployed the world’s most powerful broadband infrastructure, an optical-link, 400 gigabits-per-second line between Paris and Lyon. The first users will be French researchers in need of blazing-fast Internet access. Businesses and consumers will come online later.
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-15/alcatel-lucent-unveils-worlds-most-powerful-broadband-infrastructure

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