The speed of home internet connections has steadily increased in the last twenty years, from less than dial-up speeds to a current average of several gigabytes. A good home connection may be able to pull down data at ten or 20GB, and that set to increase. But there are problems, and ultimately limits the maximum speed that our current technology can offer—however, new technology set to overcome all of this.
The new technology uses a laser to send data down a cable. Instead of modulating a single wavelength of light, the entire spectrum used, allowing for a far more significant amount of information to send at one time. It requires new technology to decode this information at the receiving end, and of course, new technology to send.
It is base upon something known as ‘fast Fourier Transform’. The new technology has so far managed to send data at a record-breaking speed of 26TB. Why are improvements such as these needed? It’s not all about speed by any means.
In some areas of the world, there are increasing fears that the current infrastructure for internet connections cannot cope with the demands that people are putting upon them. Increasing numbers of people want increasingly high bandwidth connections and are downloading larger files than ever before.
This increased internet traffic is causing congestion. There are already times during the day when large numbers of people experience a slow down in their connection speeds. As more people start to use the internet at home, and as more people bring online games systems, internet ready TVs and other devices, this will get worse. As a worst-case scenario, some experts predict severe slowdowns across the board.
These faster technologies could use to overcome these problems. Instead of using them only for providing a small number of internet users a super-fast internet connection, it would provide a massive chunk of data-carrying capacity that shared amongst a large number of people. Yes-it uses for supplying the elite with the very best, or it could be shared amongst the general population and give everyone a reasonably fast, and reliable connection.
Other experiments have given even higher speeds of data transfer but required a more considerable amount of far more expensive equipment. That would make such technology unreachable for many, but the latest breakthrough succeeded whilst using only a fraction of the technology, and at a fraction of the cost.
With breakthrough technologies such as this, we can see that though we might once again have to upgrade our home gadgetry, problems such as catastrophic internet traffic jams may soon be a worry that relegated to the past. Prices may also start to decrease, and the need for data allowance caps should fall away. Perhaps more importantly, access to the internet along with all of the positives that it brings, may one day be available to anyone who wants it.