Ethernet networks that support terabit-per-second speeds could be here by 2015, according to the man said to have invented Ethernet -- but then again it may not be. Polaris Ventures partner Bob Metcalfe said that there were no clear indications on what network architectures will be needed to enable terabit Ethernet networks, adding that their deployment will depend on carriers' making fundamental changes in the building blocks of optical networks.

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