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A new prototype network designed by IBM could slash data transmission times and cut office costs.
The company has developed new technology, which uses light instead of cables to reduce the power needed by current data centres.
The ‘green optical network’ could allow the transmission of eight trillion bits (terabits) per second of information and use only the power of one 100-watt light bulb.
Researcher, Clint Schow explained that the new system was so fast it "could transmit a high-definition movie in under a second using highly customised optical components and processes."
The UK government is investigating how the country can upgrade its network of copper cables and keep pace with other nations.
Japan has installed limited optical connections and the European GÉANT computer network will use similar technology to link with others and create a single-global research network.