Fiber optic fibers are the future.
They have already become the backbone of many of the world’s biggest internet services.
Now, however, the fiber optic fibers will soon be used to build internet infrastructure.
In a recent report, The Information reports that fiber optic cables are expected to reach 1.2 trillion gigabytes by 2022.
That’s a lot of bandwidth, but not much compared to the total bandwidth available to our devices, said Chris Moore, the CEO of fiber optic giant Alcatel-Lucent.
That’s not to say the company is totally confident of the technology.
Moore said that it’s unlikely that the world will ever reach 1 trillion gigabits per second, which is what Google’s self-driving car has reached.
Moore also noted that the internet has been in development for decades and the internet’s performance has been pretty good.
However, the potential for fiber optic Internet is huge.
Moore believes fiber optic internet will become a “unicorn” in the next 10 to 15 years, and the technology could soon be cheaper and easier to deploy than existing infrastructure.
Moore predicts fiber optic infrastructure will become more widespread, as cities begin to build out their own fiber optic networks.
That could allow for a faster Internet connection than cable or DSL, allowing for a more personalized experience.
Moore told The Information that there will be more fiber optic access points for more people in the future, but there are still barriers to entry for new internet providers.
He added that it would be a shame to lose the potential to reach these potential customers.
That could lead to more of the internet being left behind and left behind to other countries.
Moore also pointed out that fiber optics have a lower latency than conventional cables, meaning that the Internet could be much faster than the current speed of 1 gigabit per second.
Moore thinks this could be a huge boon for internet users.
Moore is currently testing a fiber optic cable in San Francisco.
If all goes well, Alcatel is going to build fiber optic network across the US.
Moore says the company’s plan is to eventually build fiber network across every US state and city.
This article originally appeared on CoinDesk and was translated by Techcrunch.
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