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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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RE: way to go
By Blight AC on 11/8/2007 10:48:48 AM , Rating: 2
Well, it uses the existing copper... sure, but the network equipment connected to that copper will most likely need to be upgraded, and the current backbones will need to be upgraded as well to handle that kind of speed, so it's not a free speed boost for Telco's to give to their customers, but still cheaper then a Fiber Optic switch. Although Fiber Optic is the future anyhow, so Verizon is future proofing by going Fiber now. This new tech will help DSL providers in low profit areas (Rural and farm communities), where they can't afford to provide fiber to the door, to stay competitive.

And as far as blowing FiOS away.. I doubt it, once DSL providers get the infrastructure with the new technology to get to FiOS speeds, Verizon will just double FiOS speeds easily.

RE: way to go
By baseball43v3r on 11/8/2007 11:05:10 AM , Rating: 1
if i remember correctly werent the cable companies given like something along the lines (no pun intended) of 25 Billion dollars to run fiber throughout the company and then pass that savings on to the consumer? but like all things with the cable companies they pretend like that money never existed and that their service is just a courtesy and not a neccessity.

RE: way to go
By TomZ on 11/8/2007 11:25:20 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, of course the upgraded DSL would require cards in the central office (just like DSL does now), but those can be installed on a customer-by-customer basis (investment is immediately paid for), and it is relatively cheap to bring a high-speed link to the backbone into a central office.

The other problem with Fios is that it has relatively little coverage. Verizon projects they will have 7 million households covered (not actual customers) by 2010, out of a total of about 115 million households in the US. That means that just 6% of the US is covered by their service. And that is with a projected $18B in investment - that's "B" as in billion - which works out to about $2500/household - not cheap!

For the other 94%, i.e., the rest of us, a quick upgrade to next-gen DSL could be the ticket to Fios-type speeds.

RE: way to go
By Blight AC on 11/8/2007 11:48:23 AM , Rating: 2
Well right, for the majority of folks who don't have FiOS and only especially for those that only have DSL, this will be a boon.

I was mainly referring to where DSL is in competition with FiOS. While Verizon is paying through the nose to upgrade to FiOS now, it will payoff as the technology is pretty future proof.

Copper on the other hand is showing it's age, the new discovery will however, breathe new life into it. Course.. if they can get reliable 100 MB connections on Copper, perhaps it's not as obsolete as Verizon would like us to believe.. especially for the folks Verizon is providing FiOS too, as they are removing the old copper (to reuse or sell to reduce the overall cost of installing FiOS).

RE: way to go
By euclidean on 11/8/2007 12:05:18 PM , Rating: 2
The other problem with Fios is that it has relatively little coverage. Verizon projects they will have 7 million households covered (not actual customers) by 2010, out of a total of about 115 million households in the US. That means that just 6% of the US is covered by their service. And that is with a projected $18B in investment - that's "B" as in billion - which works out to about $2500/household - not cheap!

Ya, it's not Cheap, but they do still offer speeds for the same or cheaper price in all of the areas they're at. So it's very inticing for more people to jump on board, and with each new person, the total cost Verizon paid is going down bit by bit. I don't know about you but most people I know have been switching to FIOS and getting off of Comcast and Charter to be with a cheaper inet/tv solution. Also, FIOS literally is like a fire hydrant....depending on how much you want to let through you just have to open the valve more. They could easily uncap their speeds to 100mb/100mb and not even flinch. But if they did that now for the price they could get sued for trying to make a "Monopoly"...

But all in all, Verizon could you use this same technology on their existing Phone/DSL network and not even flinch. Hi capacity FIOS in town, Comparable speeds in rural/farm locations....I don't think this would hurt them much at all.

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