German scientists breaking the world speed record for transferring data over a single fibre optic cable, has given NBN Co confidence that it’s on the right infrastructure track.
Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology sent data at a speed of 26 terabits per second covering a 50km distance.
According to the institute, this is equivalent to simultaneously transmitting up to 400 million telephone calls or the content of 700 DVDs per second.
“Tests such as this just go to show just why a fibre-enabled National Broadband Network is the best infrastructure for Australia’s future,” NBN Co CTO, Gary McLaren, said in a statement.
“The amount of data people are transferring across communications networks, especially video transmissions, is increasing all the time.
“As fibre optic technology improves, so too will speeds and the amount of data that can be carried over the network we are building today.
"This gives us confidence that we’re delivering the right communications infrastructure to sustain our nation for decades to come.”