I remember the rush to fiber optics in the mid to late 90s by virtually every major VC in the valley and beyond. A decade later we may soon be forgetting those fiber optic lines buried all over the globe. The future of moving large amounts of data is through the air with lasers. In theory, laser beams bounced off an orbiting satellite could send 100 giga-bytes of data per second and reach anywhere on earth.
Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have moved us one step closer by succeeding in encoding data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam, transmitting them over a distance of 50 km, and decoding them successfully. This is the largest data volume ever transported on a laser beam. The process developed by KIT allows transmitting the contents of 700 DVDs in only one second.