Alcatel reaches milestone in submarine transmission

Dec. 6, 2001
December 6, 2001 The opitcal-systems manufacturer transported 3.65 Tbits/sec across the Atlantic Ocean.

Alcatel has achieved a throughput milestone in submarine optical transmission by transporting 3.65 Tbit/sec capacity over 6,850 kilometers on a single fiber.

The capacity represents 365 wavelengths, each operating at 10 Gbit/s over a distance equivalent to most transatlantic cable links.

Alcatel's breakthrough would enable the simultaneous throughput of 45 million voice calls, 552 CD-Roms, 35 Encyclopedia Britannicas, or 16 high-definition movies over a single optical fiber across the Atlantic Ocean.

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