DailyDirt: Speedy Connections In The Future

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Who doesn't like a fast broadband connection? The faster, the better! The only problem seems to be that there are some capacity limits with current technology. Details, details. But what if there were some technologies that could vastly increase those capacity limits? There might be some awkward situations where fiber-based internet service wasn't as fast as a wireless connection. Perhaps ingrained data cap pricing tiers would still stick around? Here are just a few developments that could bring much faster broadband (someday, maybe). If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: bell labs, broadband, copper, data cap, exaflood, fiber, oam, orbital angular momentum, wireless

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    Ehud Gavron (profile), 24 Mar 2015 @ 9:34am


    32GBps? Capital B for Bytes so x8 = 256Gbps? lol.

    > even if it ends up being just a small fraction of that speed at long distances, it would still be a huge improvement.

    A huge improvement over what?

    You can't use it.

    The fastest NIC you have is 1Gbps. The fastest home router NIC is 1Gbps. If you wanted to spend $5-$50K to get a Cisco Nexus 5000 or a Juniper MX-80 you can have 10Gbps links.

    There's *NOTHING* you can get that will support or use 32Gbps.

    It would not be a huge improvement. You're just a sucker for someone's marketing department that put stupid-big numbers in front of you.

    THROUGHPUT is what we humans care about. If you don't like big words it's "the web page loads super fast man." That's what we want.

    32Gbps? lol.

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