The growth of the Cloud and, most of all, the further development of hyperscale datacenters are driving transmission standards for even faster Ethernet networks forwards. In particular, applications that make use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) or ML (Machine Learning) as well as the increasing prevalence of home-office work are leading to a growth in bandwidths.
The Ethernet protocol is responding to these growing requirements and will soon support speeds of 800 Gbit/s. What is more, the Ethernet Alliance is already working on the transmission rate which will follow on from 800 Gbit/s, namely 1.6 TBit/s. With this rapid growth in speeds, an Ethernet speed of 3.2 TBit/s by 2025 and 6.4 TBit/s by 2028 is being planned.