Perhaps we can be characterized by whether or not we believe we have an acceptable speed of internet access. At home and work, I’m in the category that’s never satisfied by the speed provided. Well, now there is a completely new standard: 1.125 Tb/s. That’s 50,000 times faster than anything commercially available at the moment. You could download a boxed set of the entire Games of Thrones saga in a second; at least that’s how Professor Polina Bayvel described her latest research in a recent conference that I attended at the Royal Society. Professor Bayvel is head of the Optical Networks Group at University College London. I think the UK government should abandon attempting to extend the current internet technology to everyone in the country and instead leap-frog the rest of the world by working on rolling out Prof Bayvel’s new technology.
Maher R, Xu T, Galdino L, Sato M, Alvarado A, Shi K, Savory SJ, Thomsen BC, Killey RI & Bayvel P, Spectrally shaped DP-16QAM super-channel transmission with multi-channel digital back propagation, Scientific Reports, 5:8214, 2015.