Sunday, 17 October 2010

Fibre technology 'approaching capacity'

Some clueless people have often thought that the capacity of fibre optic cables is limitless (I mean, what else is truly limitless - space?) but researchers have shown that they can achieve data rates that are more than half the limit of fibre optics, in what were some rather impressive speed throughput results.

The findings have led the call for the next advances in technology so that cables can cope as demand for Internet services, and video in particular, grows thanks to the popularity of services like the iPlayer and the continuous development of other popular bandwidth heavy applications.

Cisco believe that 90% of Internet traffic will be video by the turn of the decade and telecoms companies will hope that any technological advances will result in improved performance of existing laid cables in the main rather than having to dig up roads and lay more en masse.