Skip to content

May 17, 2015

The internet risks hitting peak capacity soon, but it can be saved

by John_A

Fiber optics

The internet has more than one capacity problem to worry about, apparently. Researchers met in London this week to tackle growing concerns that fiber optic cables, which represent the internet’s backbone, are hitting their physical limits. An Alcatel-Lucent representative warned that we could hit this barrier, about 100 terabits per second, in five years — not good news when 8K video and other data-hungry technologies are just over the horizon. The only conventional solution would be to add more cables, which isn’t always practical.

Thankfully, the gathering also discussed some unconventional ways of getting around this seemingly insurmountable barrier. One technique would ramp up the power in fiber and use calculations to reconstruct a usable signal on the other end, while another would involve fibers with multiple cores that offer much more bandwidth in a similar space. The challenge is putting these theories into practice before it’s too late. As with processors, there’s no guarantee that big breakthroughs will come in the nick of time.

[Image credit: Getty Images]

Filed under: , ,

Comments

Via: Gizmodo

Source: New Scientist

Read more from News

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Note: HTML is allowed. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to comments

%d bloggers like this: