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Its not easy being green--Dr. Papandriopoulos has come up with technology which promises to revolutionize the internet.  (Source: The Sydney Morning Herald)
Australian researcher develops tech to raise internet speed x100, which should hit the market in 2 to 3 years.

It’s not easy being a young super-genius who just developed an algorithm to reduce interference in ADSL lines, potentially raising broadband connection speeds by a hundredfold. It’s not so easy, being internationally acclaimed and having fame and fortune knocking on your door.

Okay, so maybe life is going pretty good for 29-year-old University of Melbourne research fellow Dr. John Papandriopoulos -- but it’s not like he didn't earn it.

Dr. Papandriopoulos's PhD thesis is comprised with methods and techniques to use mathematic algorithms to reduce interference in DSL lines. This research is grabbing international attention due to the promise it holds; ADSL connections implementing the algorithm can go from approximately 1-10 Mbps to a blazing 100 Mbps or above.

Such an increase would revolutionize the internet industry worldwide. Dr. Papandriopoulos has two patents pending on his research, which will likely bring him some future wealth.

Further, he has been lured to move from his native Australia to Silicon Valley by Stanford University engineering professor John Cioffi, the "father of DSL" who helped develop the chips in the first DSL modems.

Professor Cioffi reviewed Dr Papandriopoulos's PhD thesis and was so impressed that he called up the young super-genius and offered him a job at his start-up company, ASSIA. Dr. Papandriopoulos accepted and is now on his way to fame and fortune abroad.

His Australian alma mater has not forgotten about Dr. Papandriopoulos either. University of Melbourne gave him the Chancellor's Prize for Excellence, a prestigious award. It’s no secret why the University of Melbourne is so happy; Dr. Papandriopoulos is assigning the University of Melbourne his patents, however; he will still likely make big royalties from the licensing agreement he reaches with the university. The university is eagerly looking into commercializing Dr. Papandriopoulos's technologies. They are in talks with multiple vendors of DSL equipment and modems.

Dr. Papandriopoulos's technology revolves around the interference and cross-talk that occurs between the cable wires of high-speed ADSL (Asymmetric DSL) wires. This significant cross talk and the resulting interference forces providers to settle for lower speeds.

"That is not an issue for voice calls these days but it becomes a problem when you're trying to wring more bandwidth out of these existing copper telephone wires [which power ADSL broadband connections],” explains Dr. Papandriopoulos. “This cross-talk in current day DSL networks effectively produces noise onto other lines, and this noise reduces the speed of your connection."

He says that his technology is better that competitive solutions as it is more practical and easier to implement. He sees it coming to the market with 2 to 3 years.

Meanwhile, Professor Cioffi and Silicon Valley can't wait to put the Aussie to work in only two weeks, developing more brilliant solutions. With a mind like his, perhaps the sad state of broadband in the U.S. and abroad can be overcome, and be replaced with ultra-fast and efficient high-speed connections.

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Verizon FIOS meet ADSL part 2
By BruceLeet on 11/8/2007 9:23:36 AM , Rating: 2
Who knows if it will ever make it to the states? lol the article says he has been offered and taken a job in the united states, of course it will come there, upto ISP's to adopt it which is most likely

Another thought, these speeds are definately faster than Verizons FIOS, but will it be cheaper? IMO Yes, but maybe he will come up with something for FIOS aswell.


RE: Verizon FIOS meet ADSL part 2
By Master Kenobi on 11/8/07, Rating: -1
RE: Verizon FIOS meet ADSL part 2
By OrSin on 11/8/2007 10:54:51 AM , Rating: 2
The algorithms reduce cross talk and in fiber thats not existant. The real break through is not only speed but distant. DSL has been great limited by the distanct from the hub. With this dsl distanst can be increased 5 fold. That mean no new wireing is needed for alot area.

RE: Verizon FIOS meet ADSL part 2
By daemoth on 11/8/2007 11:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
Photons speed has nothing to do with why Fiber beats Copper. When you send signals over Copper, the information itself propogates along the wire at really really really close to the speed of light (under optimal conditions). Copper has issues with EM interference, temperature, etc. that make it much harder to achieve high speeds. Photons inside an enclosed tube essentially have a lot less 'outside' factors to screw it up. Sounds like the new algorithms deal with copper's interference issues.

RE: Verizon FIOS meet ADSL part 2
By Squidward on 11/8/2007 11:10:07 AM , Rating: 3
exactly, fiber wouldn't benefit from this technology at all, the algorithms intent is to overcome interference inherent with copper.

RE: Verizon FIOS meet ADSL part 2
By Blight AC on 11/8/2007 11:06:13 AM , Rating: 2
The only thing keeping FiOS "slow" is Verizon. They put out a package that is THE answer to high speed internet to blow away the competition, but only went as far as they feel they needed to. If there is competition that starts to compete with their FiOS speed, they'll just bump it up for that area.

Allow DSL to compete at this level will be good for the consumer.

By SavagePotato on 11/8/2007 11:06:53 AM , Rating: 2
Fios is most likely "slow" because the companies are capping it at what they feel is enough. Or simply do not have the bandwidth themselves to feed that much to individual customers.

The isp's pipe is only so wide and that allows them to either limit what they give, or spend more for a bigger pipe. We all know how much companies like Verizon or Comcast love to spend money on their customers.

When it comes to 100 or 200 meg dsl, the same issue will remain. Don't look for a company like verizon to put out a 200 meg dsl connection that roasts their fios service. They will simply cap connections at far less than what fios does wile still offering a bit of a boost.

By notfeelingit on 11/8/2007 1:44:55 PM , Rating: 2
Actually the real benefit of fiber is its resistance to interference. Electricity over copper propagates at the speed of light, minus a small factor for the inertial mass of the electrons in the wire. This has little to no effect on the bandwidth you receive.

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