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  1. New Fiber Network Clocks in at 99.7% Speed of Light, 73.7 Terabits Per Second

    Fiber optic cable is responsible for some of the fastest data transfer speeds on Earth, and a new type of fiber just got even faster. University of Southampton researchers have created fibers that can transmit data at 99.7% the speed of light. That means data can be transmitted up to incredible speeds like 73.7 terabits per second, but what it doesn't mean is a faster Internet connection for us common folk.

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  2. 26 Terabits of Data Per Second Through Single Laser Sets New Record

    Previously, the world record was set for data transfer speed at 109 terabits per second, transfered over a single fiber optic cable. The sneaky bit about that piece of information, however, is that though the 109 terabit transfer was achieved through a single cable, the actual cable had seven "light-guiding cores" inside of it, rather than a single core. The second fastest speed was 101.7 terabits per second, but employed 370 separate lasers, each carrying a small amount of information. Now, Professor Wolfgang Freude and his colleagues have set the record for fastest data transfer using a single laser at 26 terabits per second.

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