PTCL is testing internet speeds of one terabit per second.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) claimed in a news statement on Wednesday that it has undertaken the country’s first testing of one-terabit — one trillion bits or pieces of binary data — transmission capacity per wavelength.

The testing was undertaken in a live network environment in conjunction with Nokia, where the PTCL Metro Transport Network was upgraded to one terabit per channel, boosting its capability to extreme speeds of 32 terabits per fibre.

One terabit per second of bandwidth is enough to download the complete Game of Thrones video series in HD in under two seconds and accommodate 300,000 HD video zoom calls at the same time.

According to the press release, the experiment was based on Nokia’s Photonic Service Engine Transport Technology, which is meant to maximise network capacity and give a better customer experience by providing quicker and greater bandwidth.

“This experimental transition will allow transportation networks for future technologies while also offering new opportunities for industry and individuals,” it stated. “This is yet another step on PTCL’s road map and resolve to prepare its network infrastructure to embrace the growing data traffic demands of high-speed services and bandwidth-intensive applications, such as ultra-HD video streaming, industrial automation, smart cities, and e-learning platforms for its subscribers and enterprise customers.”

According to Jafar Khalid, chief technology officer of PTCL Group, digitising the customer experience will help meet the ever-increasing data traffic requirement of corporate and consumer groups.

“Nokia’s cutting-edge technology and expertise have enabled the PTCL to test bandwidths of up to one terabit, which will aid in providing a superior customer experience and enabling smooth future development of our transport network capacity across Pakistan,” Mr Khalid added.

According to PTCL, the Flexgrid design enabled the company to modernise and improve its optical network in order to provide consumers and businesses with “rapid and dependable network access.”


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