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Super fast networking gear promises 2000 times faster downloads  (Source: BBC)
2000 times faster downloads with little extra cost sounds pretty darn good

A team of researchers from Bangor University in the UK believes that they can create broadband speeds about 2000 times faster than we have today without a massive increase in costs. The team has managed to reach speeds of 20 GB of data downloaded every second. With that data throughput, you could download a full-length HD movie in about 10 seconds.

The team is now involved in a three-year project with the goal of making the technology commercially viable. The technology the researchers have developed uses fiber-optic cable. The problem with fiber-optic networks is that as the length of the cable increases, errors become more common in an effect known as dispersion.

While many in the industry have been investigating simply adding more physical fiber-optic strands inside cables to allow for the carrying of more data, increasing the size of fiber-optic cable gets expensive.

"The trouble is, that can all cost a lot of money," said Dr Roger Giddings, one of the team running the Ocean project in north Wales. "So the focus for the Ocean project is really to find out if we can do it in a cost-effective way, and is it a viable way of doing it in a commercial setting?

The method the researchers have devised to be able to send more data without introducing errors down a fiber-optic strand is called Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing, or OOFDM. The key breakthrough in the technology was the development of a piece of electronics that can encode and decode optical signals on the fly.

So far, the team has been able to reach data speeds of 20 Gb per second, but they believe they can reach speeds as high as 40 Gb per second. The team of researchers is also working with major industry partners, including Fujitsu, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Finisar Israel, and VPIsystems.

Source: BBC

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Doesn't matter
By titanmiller on 11/7/2012 11:36:27 AM , Rating: 4
It doesn't matter because nobody is going to run fiber to every home in rural areas. The only wires coming into my house are telephone and electricity, neither of which carry broadband. I'm stuck on 3G wireless for my home broadband.

RE: Doesn't matter
By mackx on 11/7/2012 11:59:19 AM , Rating: 5
yea, but for those of us who don't like in the middle of nowhere this would be sweet!

RE: Doesn't matter
By kattanna on 11/7/2012 1:05:27 PM , Rating: 1
yeah.. but at those speeds talked about.. by the time you have come back from the bathroom you have reached your cap for the month


RE: Doesn't matter
By mackx on 11/7/2012 3:29:46 PM , Rating: 2
i don't have any caps on my broadband. TBs every month for the last few years :D

RE: Doesn't matter
By wifiwolf on 11/7/2012 2:42:24 PM , Rating: 2
And not only that, but we are screwed with broadband here in UK, which can hardly be called broadband. on average 6 Mbit... sigh and highly unreliable.

RE: Doesn't matter
By Argon18 on 11/8/2012 3:21:24 PM , Rating: 2
You choose to live where you do. If high speed internet to your home is so important to you, move. Personally, I'm in the opposite boat. I have 100 Mbit service to my home, but I'm tired of all the city noise and traffic. I would love to buy a house on some land away from everything, where my closest neighbors are miles away. I don't do facebook or twitter or youtube. I'm fine with 56k dial-up. Hey, wanna trade? ;)

RE: Doesn't matter
By Chemical Chris on 11/9/2012 12:52:49 AM , Rating: 2
When electricity and phone first came out, it took many, many decades for the wires to get to essentially every house in rural areas.

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