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latro
03-11-2012, 10:54 PM
Blisteringly fast Internet speeds, more robust connections and a big increase in network capacity at little extra cost, even in rural areas? It's the sort of fantasy that keeps telecommunication company executives and bandwidth-hungry Internet users awake at night... until now. Groundbreaking fibre-optic technology recently developed with EU-fundingis promising all those things and more.

A consortium of universities, research institutes, equipment vendors and one telecom operator joined forces in the 'Scalable advanced ring-based passive dense access network architecture' Sardana project to develop pioneering techniques to dramatically improve the scalability and robustness of the fibre-to-home networks that already serve millions of European internet users. Supported by EUR 2.6 million in research funding from the European Commission, the project not only demonstrated connection speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps), around 2,000 times faster than most Internet users experience today, but the researchers showed that such speeds can be achieved at relatively little extra cost using existing fibre infrastructure and off-the-shelf components.

Full article HERE (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120309104133.htm)

I guess by the time SA got past petty installation, funding, and a myriad of other issues,the rest of the world will have 1Pbps connections.

Rudolph Muller
03-11-2012, 11:21 PM
This is a great article, thanks for sharing latro.

It is encouraging to see that money is spent on these research projects. An abundance of bandwidth is needed, especially in the developing world. Cost is certainly an issue, but this advance seems to address many cost issues.

robt
03-14-2012, 02:40 PM
Now that's more like it - what's Pule's roll out plan for this one? It's just as likely as her broadband penetration targets :D.

Great article BTW.

latro
03-14-2012, 04:34 PM
Now that's more like it - what's Pule's roll out plan for this one? It's just as likely as her broadband penetration targets :D.

Great article BTW.

If she has a roll out plan for this, then I'm sure we can all agree that she should be fired with immediate effect. Because that would imply that we already have extensive national FTTH infrastructure ;)

At least one good thing comes from this for SA - the rings can be implemented from the getgo here.

LearnDaily
03-18-2012, 01:36 PM
It is nice to know that South Africa is really well ranked on at least one thing! :)