Bell Labs/Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) researchers are working on new fibre optic technology that could make today’s broadband feel like dialup.
- You could transfer a DVD in 2.3 milliseconds
- You could transfer a Blu-ray disc in 24.4 milliseconds
- You could transfer a 500-gigabyte hard drive in 244 mlliseconds — less than 1/4 of a second
Don’t expect these speeds at home anytime soon. But anything that can make Internet transmission faster and more efficient is good news for both content-hungry consumers and capex-wary service providers.
And anything that boosts network speed makes it harder for companies like Comcast (CMCSA) to argue that they’re tweaking customers’ downloads out of capacity/”network management” issues.