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Why isn't a single fiber optic line transmitting billions of bits per seconds sufficient anymore?

Why isn't a single fiber optic line transmitting billions of bits per seconds sufficient anymore?

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Parkinson's Law of Bandwidth – "Applications will consume all bandwidth available". With the increasing need for redundancy, application bloat causing applications to move at half the speed "Gate's Law" and the increased value of the actual data – people just can't get enough. Another important note is that much of the infrastructure over which networks run is older, self maintained, or for other reasons not functioning properly. This single factor can cause a network to run twice as hard due to retransmissions and is one of the most overlooked areas.

This was first published in February 2004

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