The EU and Japan are teaming up to develop network technologies that offer speeds of 100Gbps, some 5,000 times faster than the average European broadband speed of around 20Mbps.
The project to develop the incredibly high speeds is one of six deals being undertaken by the EU and Japan, which will be funded with €18m to research areas that include cyber security, network capacity, storage, high density data traffic and energy efficiency.
The European Commission (EC) said that given the huge amounts of data that networks will generate in the future, there is a ‘pressing need’ to create more efficient networks that can handle vast amounts of data. To illustrate this, the EC said currently 1.7 million billion bytes of data is sent per minute and these traffic volumes are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018.
EC digital vice president Neelie Kroes said: "Our future internet should know no barriers, least of all barriers created because we did not prepare for the data revolution.”
The project involved on the 100Gbps networks is called Strauss. More insight is given on the EU and Japanese plans to develop the technology on the Strauss website.
“The Strauss project aims to define a highly efficient and global (multi-domain) optical infrastructure for Ethernet transport, covering heterogeneous transport and network control plane technologies, enabling an Ethernet ecosystem,” the website notes.
“It will design, implement and evaluate, via large-scale demonstrations, an advanced optical Ethernet transport architecture. The proposed architecture leverages on software-defined networking principles, on optical network virtualisation as well as on flexible optical circuit and packet-switching technologies beyond 100Gbps.”
Other projects include, Miweba, which is looking at making better use of existing radio frequencies in order to boost ultra-high speed and mobile connections. Necoma is looking at new ways to enhance personal data security in sensitive environments while GreenICN is looking at the reliability of networks in post-disaster situations when network performance is vital.
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