has turned on what it says is the first nationwide fiber network using equipment that transmits data over long stretches of geography at up to 100 gigabits per second. And Nokia Siemens Networks
, the Finnish telecom gear provider whose U.S. base is in Irving, is a big winner, because it was the principal supplier of the technology that helped Virginia-based XO make that happen. As we’ve detailed before, so-called 100G is the latest technological Holy Grail of the telecom industry.These systems are powerful enough to move the content of all the books in the Library of Congress in about 13.3 minutes, according to Verizon Communications. The Nokia Siemens gear in XO’s network can simultaneously zip up to 96 beams of light through the network, each beam carrying 100G worth of data, according to an XO news release. That adds up to total transfer capacity of 9.6 terabits per second, XO’s news release said.