Breakthrough In Broadband Technology Unveiled

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Breakthrough In Broadband Technology Unveiled

Technology has developed at such a pace in recent years that we shouldn’t be surprised that broadband could be the next thing to get an overhaul.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow recently revealed that they have taken steps towards enabling twisted light to be used as a form of wireless, high-capacity data transmission.

If this is utilised commercially, it could see the end of fibre optic broadband connections. The team at the university have been focusing their research on optical angular momentum (OAM) across open spaces, which they believe is the key to being able to utilise twisted light on a wider scale.

Dr Martin Lavery, head of the Structured Photonics Research Group at the University of Glasgow, explained that the technology his team are researching has the potential to provide the bandwidth available with fibre optic, but without the need for the physical cables.

“A complete, working OAM communications system capable of transmitting data wirelessly across free space has the potential to transform online access for developing countries, defence systems and cities around the world,” he asserted.

However, this technology is far from ready to be utilised. While the work conducted by the Scottish university has brought such solutions a step closer to reality, the study has also highlighted a number of challenges that need to be overcome before this is a viable alternative.

Given that research from Which? published earlier this month revealed that 53 per cent of UK households have experienced broadband issues, many could be hoping for a more reliable connection through this kind of technology in the future.

Reliability is key if you’re working with a Voip phone service provider for your business, as you need a good connection for this kind of technology to function at its best.

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