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New Record for Submarine Cable Capacity

Nokia’s Alcatel Submarine Networks has set a new record for cable transmission capacity for communications traffic by doubling its previous levels.

October 12, 2016

Nokia’s Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) Unit responds to booming demand from Internet firms by doubling its cable transmission capacity to set a new record. The top supplier of undersea cable networks said that with the company’s research arm, Nokia Bell Labs, it had demonstrated in lab tests a 65 terabit-per-second transmission using dual-band fiber amplifiers – the equivalent of streaming 10 million high-definition TV channels simultaneously.

Google, Microsoft and Facebook as well as mainstay telecom operator and government customers are all in need of greater communications capacity. As per the estimates of research firm Telegeography, the market is poised to see an explosion of new cable deployments worth more than USD 8.1 billion over the next three years. The business has long been subject to both big advances in technology and dramatic capacity gluts, which, in turn, helps drive further demand by slashing network costs.


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