Could Fiber Optic Cables Be Capable Of Much More Data Than They Currently Carry?
Fiber optic is one of the fastest and most popular residential internet options available. And recent news has revealed that this internet type is reaching its limits as far as data capacity is concerned. But are we giving fiber optic cable the credit it deserves? Some say that the hair-thin glass cable is capable of carrying much more data than we originally thought. Researchers have recently discovered that the simple change in ‘spin’ of the light waves that fiber optic cable uses to transmit information can not only cause more information to be able to be stored, but also result in that information being reliably sent over long distances.
Fiber optic cable’s ability to use light to transmit data means that different colors can be used to send data. However, most of these are already being used for data transmission. But in spinning the photons in a different manner, more data can be fit into transmissions. Doing this creates additional channels that can handle data. Researchers theorize that this creation of new ‘modes’ can be incredibly stable, and proved this not only to be true, but also proved that data could be transmitted at a whopping 400 GB per second across several channels.