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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: Wouldn't mind super speed at low prices
By Ringold on 11/8/2007 2:15:14 PM , Rating: 2
It's hard to imagine something that government could do that would either (a) not be a complete handout of large amounts taxpayer dollars to large companies, or (b) regulation of the market that will have a bad long-term effect.

Agreed. It'd be almost impossible, due to the corrupt way in which Congress operates, to pass a clean piece of legislation that somehow fairly spurs competition and boosts the performance of the internet. This applies to both parties.

The only likely outcome even of an attempt would be higher prices paid for by the government, marginally better performance for some and worse service for others, and rampant political kick-backs in an industry that thus far isn't horribly mired in them already. Military Industrial Complex Cost-Plus Contracting meets Internet Backbone.

I can see the title of a post-apocalyptic movie of 2020 being produced after such Democratic action had been in place for while: "The Day the Government Rationed World of Warcraft".

I don't know why people have a knee-jerk "Uncle Sam, please help me!" reaction to something like this; was Dr. Pap a unionized government hack pulling down a comfortable federal salary? Nope. Is Verizon, the only one thus far even trying to do something interesting, a government Fannie Mae style agency? Nope. Google the result of government action? Not even close. We have the internet connections we do now in spite of government regulation, not because of it.

The government is not the solution to any and all problems, folks.

By winterspan on 11/9/2007 3:31:23 AM , Rating: 2
You have NO IDEA what you are talking about. First of all, ignoring the absolute anti-competitive nature of the telecom situation in this country, A true national broadband strategy COULD be a great thing.

The only area of this country making progress in broadband are the smaller municipal fiber networks going up around the country. There are small towns of 10,000 people with GPON fiber networks at 1.2GBPS!! I'm not suggesting that the government would actually create and run a network infrastructure, what I am suggesting is that they dump a bunch of money into the private sector to have it done which would otherwise go to the totally irrational spending that goes on today. A large outlay for national infrastructure a GREAT boon to the economy and America's competitiveness in the world just as the original freeway system was 50 years ago!

Unfortunately, when the states tried this individually, citizens were taxy payers were outright defrauded by telecom and cable companies. Over a period of almost a decade, over $100 Billion was given out to a handful of companies in the form of tax breaks and other incentives to build out a next generation network. Over time through buyouts and mergers, and politicians and committee's changing, NOTHING was accomplished and the money basically disappeared. Sounds outrageous? YES IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. And NOT ONE PERSON was prosecuted and NOT ONE COMPANY was fined. Truly unbelievable.

Now with the type of leadership that comes out of Washington these days, we may have to focus on a plan that is much less ambitious. What we really need is a democratic president (hopefully Obama as he is committed to net neutrality) who will appoint the proper FCC commissioners and set an agenda towards telecommunications reform to break up the virtual monopoly and anti-competitive market we have now. A small amount of well-placed regulation could go A LONG WAY towards resolving our broadband problem.

I encourage anyone who is interested in this issue to do some research on the internet. There are plenty of knowledgeable resources to be found. Start with this excellent write-up:

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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