MCI has turned to 150-year old science to trial a method of sending voice or data over long distances without new equipment.
The technology being trialled, called Solitons, is based on a scientific theory thought up by Scottish engineer John Scott Russell in 1834. A Soliton is a type of wave or light pulse that travels long distances but retains its shape.
In IT terms, this allows data to be transmitted up to 900 kilometres at a speed of 10Gbps without the need for electrical regenerators - devices normally required to ensure the data stream keeps its shape and therefore its integrity. Regenerators are normally needed to send 10Gbps messages over more than 300 kilometres.
MCI claims the technology will cut transmission costs by up to one-fifth and plans to commercialise its developments over the next two years.
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