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Sea to shining sea

Tue, 02/13/2001 - 7:00pm
Karen Kessler-Tanaka

Corvis and Williams have accomplished the electronic equivalent of the Golden Gate Bridge, across the U.S.

All-optical networking solutions provider Corvis and its customer Williams Communications say their companies have achieved a technological first. Williams, using Corvis equipment, was able to transmit a 10 Gbps signal without amplification over a distance of 6,400 kilometers, or, for the metric challenged, more miles than there are between Boston and San Diego.

This could mean a cost savings for network operators, who wouldn't need to include amplifying equipment in their networks in order to transmit a signal long distances. This giant leap forward may also increase the ability to access the Internet and send data-rich files faster. Customers may also notice a reduction in latency, or delay, on long distance phone calls.

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