NTT and three partners demonstrated ultra-large capacity transmission of 1 petabit (1000 terabit) per second over a 52.4 km length of 12-core (light paths) optical fiber.
The present achievement indicates that transmission of one petabit per second (Pbps), capacity equivalent to sending 5,000 HDTV videos of two hours in a single second is possible over 50 km, which is approximately the distance between medium-haul telecom offices. This sets a new world record throughput over a single strand of optical fiber.
This remarkable achievement was reported as a postdeadline paper*1 on September 20, 2012 at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communications (ECOC 2012), the largest conference on optical communication in Europe, that was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from September 16-20, 2012.
This work was partially based on work commissioned by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).