Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nokia Corporation (NYSE:NOK) and Siemens Collaborate in Achieving a Record DataTransfer Rate Over Optical Fiber

Nokia Corporation (ADR)(NYSE:NOK) and Siemens have come together in a joint venture called Nokia Siemens Networks, with a consortium of R&D partners to showcase a capacity record using light to transmit information down commercially deployed multi-mode optical fiber. There was a 6-fold increase in optical data speed to 57.6 terabit per second (Tbps), as compared to 9.6 Tbps speed available with today’s commercial systems.

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The technology involves spatial multiplexing over solid-core multi-mode fiber, which has been recognized at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC). Robert Richter, head of R&D optical networks at Nokia Siemens Networks states that double the capacity needed for 7 billion people can be transmitted over a single fiber, thanks to this record data rate. With advanced technology, a single fiber will be able to transmit 40 million different TV streams simultaneously someday.

Hollow-core photonic band gap fibers along with the spatial multiplexing technology will affect the world economy too because high-frequency trading firms constituting 73% of the entire US equity trading volume will gain immensely due to the low latency of optical transmission.

ModeGap consortium has taken care of the technicalities, whose members comprise Networks, the University of Southampton and the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, and others. The consortium is focusing on developing components, fiber and digital signal processing concepts for spatial multiplexing over photonic band gap fibers in the 1.55 and 2 micrometer region.

Professor David J. Richardson from the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at Southampton University is thankful to the Nokia Siemens Networks research team for making the record possible. The team is brilliant when it comes to knowledge about the entire system. Southampton University is also renowned for its innovative studies in optical communication.

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