Nokia rolls out its first ‘petabit-class’ router

With internet traffic set to triple over the next five years or so, according to recent estimates from Nokia and Cisco Systems, Nokia thinks the time is right for a new range of high-end routers that can boost core capacity by a factor of six—and even help 10-year-old devices to double their capacity.

Nokia predicts that by 2022, total internet traffic will reach 330 exabytes per month. (That’s 330 million terabytes). For its part, Cisco forecasts it will grow at 24 percent per year from a base of 96 exabytes per month in 2016 to 278 exabytes per month in 2021.

Enter Nokia’s FP4

Nokia’s answer to that is a new chip, the FP4, which can process up to 2.4 terabits per second. It’s based on the FP3 chip Nokia already uses, but combines several of them into a single package.