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Quantum Corridor, one of the world’s fastest, most secure quantum networks, was able to transmit information 1,000 times faster than traditional networks thus paving the way for advancements in defense, financial modeling, biotech, cybersecurity, machine learning, research, and more.

The first transmission achieved a latency of 0.266 milliseconds of information exchange over its current 12-mile network, which is the mind-boggling speed of 500 times faster than the blink of an eye. The combination of near-instantaneous transmissions along with massive throughput is expected to enable exponential breakthroughs in modeling and problem solving across many different industries.

According to Cision PR Newswire, Quantum Corridor was established to enable advanced Illinois and Indiana tech innovators to exchange data nearly instantaneously and achieve frontline breakthroughs.

The network will continue to expand over the next nine months, and the Quantum Corridor will eventually stretch over 420 km and is expected to be the nation’s largest quantum computing superhighway, with the capacity to transmit the entire current internet content load in a single transmission.

Quantum Corridor’s President and Chief Technology Officer Ryan Lafler explains the need for this quantum networking highway, saying “The nearly instantaneous communication that quantum networking provides will support every industry in the United States by enabling them to work more efficiently, safely, and securely.”

“It will enable the Department of Defense to send critical data faster and more securely to avoid interception by foreign adversaries, manufacturing labs to execute complex simulations, and autonomous vehicles to transmit information to edge computing clusters and achieve faster reaction times,” he added.

Quantum Corridor is the first network in North America to achieve a capacity of 40 terabits per second (Tbps), which makes it one of the fastest Tier One networks in the world. To better understand the scope, 40 Tbps is the equivalent of transmitting 1 million photo files or 1,500 hours of high-quality video per second. At this speed, Quantum Corridor can transmit the equivalent of the entire printed collection at the Library of Congress every two seconds.