A team of Australian, Japanese, Dutch and Italian researchers has set a new speed record for an industry standard optical fibre, achieving 1.7 Petabits over a 67km length of fibre. The fibre, which contains 19 cores that can each carry a signal, meets the global standards for fibre size ensuring that it can be adopted without massive infrastructure change, as well as using less digital processing, greatly reducing the power required per bit transmitted. Researchers at Macquarie University in Australia, have developed a glass chip, which was essential to the creation of a 19-core optical fibre.