Routing breakthrough could boost long haul capacity by 40 percent


Combining the long haul fiber optic networks with IP transit routing networks could help telecom operators save 40 percent in costs or could let them boost their network capacity by the same amount, according to a study by Bell Labs. This matters to anyone who loves the internet, because while it’s cheap to zip those bits of zeros and ones around the globe, it’s not free and the capacity to do so isn’t actually infinite.

The pipes that carry our information do fill up, and any technology that helps cram more information into those pipes or enables the data to travel  on the cheap is something to cheer over. Hence my excitement over this Bell Labs research. Today fiber optic networks — the long haul networks that carry communications traffic via light waves under the oceans, across continents and even via shorter distances in densely populated areas that need…

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