Advancements including a new analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) chip and process that increases channel density to enable greater data transmission, look set to allow providers to offer higher speed solutions.

Having claimed to have set a new speed record for big data transfers, IBM claims to have produced data transfers speeds of between 200 – 400 Gbps, over optical fibre when using their new ADC chip.

Similarly, Alcatel-Lucent and BT claim to have achieved the fastest speeds, with their new process for increasing the density of channels on the fibre. In tests, they have produced data transmission efficiencies that are 42.5% greater than what could be achieved using today’s standard networks; all without the need for additional fibre.

These breakthroughs will allow leased line providers to increase network capacity. And with greater choice, more customers will turn to leased lines to help meet the performance needs of tomorrow’s data hungry technologies.