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Why did 40Gbps connection speed supersede 10Gbps instead of 100Gbps?

Posted on 2016-10-04
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It seemed that ethernet standards went by orders of magnitude for a long time - 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1000Mbps, 10,000Mbps. What technical hurdle prevented 100,000Mbps from being the next standard?
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Cost, regulations, infrastructure, many non-technical reasons. Why did Google Fiber abandon its plans to build a fiber network in Portland? Darn city regulations and fierce opposition from Comcast, that's what.
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 500 total points
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Cost and Complexity
Designing routers or switches which support 100 Gbit/s interfaces is difficult. The need to process a 100 Gbit/s stream of packets at line rate without reordering within IP/MPLS microflows is one reason for this.

As of 2011, most components in the 100 Gbit/s packet processing path (PHY chips, NPUs, memories) were not readily available off-the-shelf or require extensive qualification and co-design. Another problem is related to the low-output production of 100 Gbit/s optical components, which were also not easily available – especially in pluggable, long-reach or tunable laser flavors.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Gigabit_Ethernet
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Thanks for the insight!
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