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Forget BT and Virgin Media, this is the broadband upgrade we've all been waiting for

That means things can be upgraded at a far more effective cost, by upgrading the amplifiers that are located on optical fibre routes at 40-100km intervals.

As an example, upgrading an amplifier would cost £16,000, while installing new optical fibres can, in urban areas, cost up to £450,000 a kilometre.

Explaining more about the new technology, lead author Dr Galdino, a Lecturer at UCL and a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, said: “While current state-of-the-art cloud data-centre interconnections are capable of transporting up to 35 terabits a second, we are working with new technologies that utilise more efficiently the existing infrastructure, making better use of optical fibre bandwidth and enabling a world record transmission rate of 178 terabits a second.”

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