Researchers at Nokia Bell Labs, the Technical University of Munich and Deutsche Telekom T-Labs have developed a connection that has reached #internet speeds of more than 1,000 times faster than the fastest commercially available broadband connection in North America.

Through the use of Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS), the team has been able to reach transmission speeds of up to 1 terabyte per second (1 TB/s), which is about a thousand times faster than Google Fiber, which at 1 gigabyte per second (1 GB/s) is among the fastest commercially available connections, but is available only in very limited geographic areas.

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According to Tech Times, the speeds achieved by the #nokia-led team would allow a user to download the entire Game of Thrones series in high definition in about a second.

Faster and smoother

PCS works by lowering the amplitudes of constellation points — the basic building block of data transmission — that are more commonly used. Not only does that allow data to move more quickly, but it also makes it more resilient to noise and other problems.

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

A representative for Nokia told ZDNet that the 1 TB/s transmission speeds were recorded several times between the main cities in Germany, some several hundred miles away.

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While representatives from Nokia concede that the high speeds acquired by their connection are from early tests, they did say that the tests were performed under “real-world conditions.”

Just in time

The Nokia announcement comes at a time when competition for internet speeds is heating up. While Google Fiber’s 1 GB/s speed is still the exception, according to Ookla,

U.S. internet speeds have risen 42 percent in the last year. Their August report shows that the average download speed for American internet users is 54.97 MB/s — still a long way from what Nokia’s tests show might be possible in the near future. #internetspeed