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40Gbps a Reality

2000x faster broadband using off the shelf components – no?!

Yes that’s right, researchers at the University of Bangor have already downloaded 20GB of data in a second. That’s equivalent to 20 feature films a second!

The study, named Ocean Project, is embarking on a 3 year project backed by a number of industry experts such as, Fujitsu Semiconductors, Finisar Israel, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, and VPIsystems. The next stages of are to increase physical numbers of optic strands in cables, increase the number of lasers coding and decoding data and signal amplification.

The aim is to develop a cost effective, commercially viable way of providing super-fast broadband to homes and businesses.

Established technology will be tweaked using methods of Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OOFDM) in the hope of running data at speeds of up to 40GB per second. The research has already developed a piece of kit that both codes and decodes optical signals.

This project could have a huge impact on the way we live and work with the internet. The fastest speed available in the UK is recorded at 33.4Mbps, that’s 0.17% of the 2GB the researchers have already recorded.

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