Published on July 5th, 2013 | by Staff Writer0
Europe And Japan Teamed Up To Build 100 Gbps Internet
The European Commission and Japan have unveiled a joint investment project allocated 18 million euros to build and improve broadband networks infrastructure based on optical fiber to be 5000 times faster than the European average for the speeds offered by providers Internet, which is 19.7 Mbps.
Met the target, supported speeds would be 100 Gbps. Although it is not unprecedented speed, within the objectives of the research is the achieve “approximate” these speeds to European households. Since today some ISPs offer more than 1Gbps connections to subscriber homes, the idea is not far-fetched. Remember that not long ago were still limited to 50Kbps dialup connections in the best case.
The growth of connectivity requirements is not linear. According to calculations of the organism, 1.7 million billion bytes of data circulating on the Internet every minute; data traffic volumes doubled between early 2012 and early 2013 and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018. Such big data is growing faster than networks’ capacity to carry it. So we must be prepared and think ahead and that is precisely the purpose of these plans that the Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes, announced during his speech at the Global Symposium for Regulators 2013 that celebrated the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Warsaw (Poland).
It is also why the funds will not be allocated uniquely to improve the infrastructure of optical fiber connection. It is true that one of six projects funded, called STRAUSS, have that goal, but the other five cover various aspects of the situation, and have pockets such as better use of radio frequencies to increase wireless connection speeds (MiWEBA Project), and ensuring the security of personal information in sensitive environments (NECOMA project), which by the way is very appropriate then British intercept transatlantic cables and similar to PRISM project discovered in France.
GreenICN will try to ensure an efficient use of energy in information networks. It will test network reliability in post-disaster situations (earthquakes, hurricanes) when energy resources are scarce and network performance is vital.
ClouT will try to allow real-time control of sensors enabling smart city operations such as energy use, traffic flow or emergencies. To achieve this target, the project will integrate Cloud Computing and Internet of Things features.
FELIX will set up joint EU-Japan experimental platforms that will help universities and research centres test new network technologies. Such new platforms will improve researchers’ use of their experimental facilities.
To sum, the initiative is not one that offers immediate results, but it is a superlative important to ensure that growth in Europe connectivity needs are met with proper internet access in terms of speed, security and options.