Last week, Cisco introduced a super-fast new router, CRS 3 that will increase throughput up to 322 Terabits (purportedly the whole US Library of Congress), in a second.

Suraj Shetty, VP  Worldwide Service Provider Marketing for Cisco, told Daisy Whitney that the average user in the US currently consumes about 12GB of bandwidth per month (equal to about 32-40 DVDs).  But….

When we look into the future, we are talking about 15 Terabits…  Just to give you an idea of how much 15 Tb is…  that is equivalent to 3750 DVD’s per user, per month.

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About the New Routers

They say these routers are going to explode the online video market by cranking up how much data can be passed from node to node in the upper levels of the Internet infrastructure. How fast is it really? Well, every household in San Francisco could have up to 1GB of bandwidth straight to their house.

“Every movie ever made, across the globe could be transferred in 4 minutes…” said Suraj

This is not an end-user router, this is an upper level, data center-located router and the lines that interconnect those data centers. It’s also a possible router for the ‘last mile’ so that home connection speeds can be boosted up to that 1GB which would be a large enough pipe for everyone to stream HD video on demand.

The routers look to be modular, rack-based shelf systems that offer 40Gbps slots with a shelf containing up to 16 slots.

What’s it all mean?

While the last mile is still the limiting factor for steaming HD video to the home, this will certainly begin to prepare the upper levels of the Internet to handle the ever-increasing bandwidth that we, the online video industry demand. It means that there will be more capacity available to downstream providers which should then see another boost in home broadband connection speeds even up to the 100Gb limit within the next decade. (I wanted to say 2013 like everyone else, but really, I have no clue).

There’s no stopping us now!