40Gbps Internet speeds? UK team is working on it

Google got a lot of media attention earlier this year when it officially announced its plans to bring 1Gpbs Internet service to both Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. But if a team at a UK university is successful, those speeds will pale in comparison to what we may be able to get in just a few more years.

The BBC reports that a team at Bangor University in Wales has developed a system that already facilitates speeds of 20Gbps and the team believes that can be boosted up to 40 Gbps. They claim their method won't cost a lot of money.

The Bangor team has developed a method called Optical Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing. The team says its system should solve the problem of errors popping into the data when a fiber optical cable gets longer and longer. According to them, the OOFDM method can both code and decode data signals "on the fly."

According to Bangor Uni's Dr. Roger Giddings, "This is the only system that we know of in the world that we can demonstrate working in real-time - with a real-time transceiver and a real-time receiver."

So in just a few years, you could be surfing the web with pages popping up almost instantly, downloading full games and HD movies in just a few seconds and, hopefully, enjoying stutter free web-based voice and video calls. Maybe.

Source: BBC
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"So in just a few years, you could be surfing the web with pages popping up almost instantly, downloading full games and HD movies in just a few seconds and, hopefully, enjoying stutter free web-based voice and video calls. Maybe."
Sure, for the first 100MB of data and then get capped right back to 100Kbps! Good ol'e VM, plus they'd probably charge £1k/month for this.

Genocide121 said,

Go get a reliance broadband 4mbps without FUP just for 1.1k

Never gonna use reliance again. Right now using BSNL, want to switch to connect but they have no good plans, all limited bandwidth plans.

eladkr85 said,
In Israel there are 100gbps

I'm pretty sure it's 100Mbps. That, or it's a backbone connection. My guess is the first.

If we had speeds that quick , surely the costs should actually be lower because the data transfer would be clogging up the network for far less time ,leaving it free for others to use?

cRuNcHiE said,
If we had speeds that quick , surely the costs should actually be lower because the data transfer would be clogging up the network for far less time ,leaving it free for others to use?

The cost of the system itself would be much more money. It costs a hell of a lot more for an ISP to set up a 40gbps network than it does for a 40mbps network.

cRuNcHiE said,
If we had speeds that quick , surely the costs should actually be lower because the data transfer would be clogging up the network for far less time ,leaving it free for others to use?

But you don't pay for transit in time, you pay for data

Shadier said,

The cost of the system itself would be much more money. It costs a hell of a lot more for an ISP to set up a 40gbps network than it does for a 40mbps network.

Step in Kim Dotcom...

Webpage views won't be instant until we reduce latency. My connection has gone from 300k to 10MB but the latency still is what causes the initial slowness. Throwing bandwidth at a problem is only half a story. Would rather a consistent 100MB than a half baked 100GB connection.

So in just a few years, you could be surfing the web with pages popping up almost instantly, downloading full games and HD movies in just a few seconds and, hopefully, enjoying stutter free web-based voice and video calls. Maybe.

It's a good thing you said Maybe!! Here in the UK we've had fibre optic broadband for years but only if you live in a cabled area. Unfortunately Diamond Cable lost a lot of money digging up the roads which it couldn't get back from customer subscriptions. NTL took over and then VirginMedia which never expanded the network. BT are rolling out fibre and marketing as Infinity, unfortunately it's a VERY slow rollout and will take many years for even the medium sized cities to get it. Yes, the technology might be available for 40Gbps but it will take decades before the home owner will be able to use it. Since the future will involve businesses outsourcing their own in house IT Departments to central and cloud based data centres it will be these who will benefit. There's not many people who look to the future and see what will be (mainly those who work in MS, Apple, Google R&D departments) but having mega fast internet connections to the home won't be required at all. Efficient video transport codecs which have already been created and awaiting sign off will mean HD streaming over little bandwidth. We won't need to download HD movies as we will be streaming them. Where will we be keeping them? No, not on our own local storage drives, but in the cloud. Look to the future :-)

Salty Wagyu said,
Gonna need a couple (lots) of raided SSD/HDDs to cope with 40Gbps o.O

I hope too that by that time, we will be seeing at least 5 TB SSD for example

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