Internet slowdowns might become a thing of the past


Internet throughput issues, prevalent in many homes, may become a thing of the past thanks to a new and inexpensive invention that copies how major internet networks perform data links between cities and countries.

Scientists at University College London (UCL) say they’ve figured out how to bring down the cost of highly efficient optical transceivers so that they can be installed en masse around consumer environments.

The receiver technology, when fully developed, will be able to provide a consistent 10,000 Mbps connection to homes and small businesses by removing a choke point that exists now at the point where fiber subscribers are connected to the ISP, the researchers claim. Average all fixed-line, download speeds in the U.S. are currently only 64 Mbps in comparison, according to a Speedtest study. Optimization should be able to increase that, though.

In an article on the school’s website, lead researcher Dr. Sezer Erkılınç (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) says we are likely to experience bandwidth restrictions because of increased multimedia use and projected 5G and smart device growth that will strangulate available internet further. 

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