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Nokia Reaches Internet Speeds 1,000 Times Faster Than Google's Fiber

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Nokia researchers have reached internet speeds of up to 1 Terabit per second, which is about 1,000 times faster than the speeds offered by one of the fastest internet service providers in the U.S.

Google Fiber offers broadband internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second. However, a joint research conducted by Nokia Bell Labs, the Technical University of Munich and Deutsche Telekom T-Labs claims to have achieved broadband speeds of 1 Tbps.

To put this in perspective, users will be able to download the entire Game of Thrones series in just one second in HD quality if 1 Tbps broadband internet speed is available.

The researchers will be showing off how such high speed is achieved over fiber connection with the help of a technique called Probabilistic Constellation Shaping, or PCS.

"To guarantee a high customer experience for future services we need optical transmissions with increased capacities, reach and flexibility over deployed fiber infrastructures. Deutsche Telekom provides a unique network infrastructure to evaluate and demonstrate such highly innovative transmission technologies for example," says Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Director Technology Telekom Deutschland and CTO Deutsche Telekom.

The researchers explain that PCS changes the probability with which constellation points — the alphabet of the transmission — are used. The researchers say that all the constellation points are traditionally used with the same frequency. However, PCS uses constellation points with less amplitude more frequently than ones with higher amplitude to transmit signals that, on average, are more resilient to noise and other impairments.

A spokesperson from Nokia Networks told ZDNet that the testing reached 1 Tbps internet speed on a round trip between the cities of Stuttgart and Darmstadt in Germany. The same speed was also observed between Nuremberg and Stuttgart. The joint research has also recorded internet speeds of 0.8 Tbps between Berlin and Stuttgart.

The need for higher speed internet connection has been growing in the last few years. Companies such as Google Fiber are offering 1 Gbps of internet speed, but the connection is available only to a small number of users in limited geographical territories.

Google Fiber is deemed one of the fastest internet service providers in the U.S. However, other internet service providers would want to match or exceed the speed offered by Google Fiber. The latest research from Nokia is an indication that faster internet speed is on the way.

The research testing results are great news for internet users in the country, but they may have to wait for such speeds to be made available to customers. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the 1 Tbps internet speeds were achieved in "real-world conditions," according to Nokia.

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