100G, 200G, 400G: Internet’s core is getting fatter to meet our tech planet’s bandwidth demand

Crazy numbers here that in 15 years will seem quaint.

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Optical networks are getting bigger, beefier and faster — thanks to a slew of new technologies. It has now become commonplace to hear about optical networks, mostly in the Internet’s backbone, supporting speeds of 100 gigabits per second (Gbps). And to add some context, in 1990 the state of the art was 2.5 Gbps.

This bulkiness of the backhaul networks is happening because we are spending more of our lives online. Internet access and connectivity are now essential to our daily lives, and there is hardly a part of business which has been left untouched. In my post, “ZipCar, Google, cars and the inevitability of the Internet”, I argued that technologies will influence even the most mundane of industries. Just as most of the planet will develop a silicon heartbeat, networks will act like its nervous system — increasing need for bandwidth.

And, thanks to these 100G deployments, the…

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