UK tech quango eyes 10Gbit broadband
£1m funding leg-up for researchers
Networking researchers will get a £1m funding boost to develop technology capable of delivering internet access at 10Gbit/s to homes and businesses.
The pot of cash for projects costing between £30,000 and £100,000 was today allocated by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), a quango sponsored by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
While BT's plans to upgrade the national communications infrastructure to offer real world internet speeds of "up to" 40Mbit/s by 2012 only cover 40 per cent of premises, the TSB envisages an optical network across the whole EU. Such an investment "could see European companies gaining a massive competitive advantage on a global scale", it said.
The new funding will help support feasibility research.
Mike Biddle, TSB's lead technologist, said: "The challenge is to identify ways to address the technical issues facing the introduction of ultra-fast broadband within the next decade and to build European collaborations to exploit the technology, while generating wealth for the UK.
"Our intention in providing this funding is to help British companies establish future European collaborations that will participate in larger EU funding initiatives."
A recent study by the trade body the Broadband Stakeholder Group found that installing fibre optic cables to every premises in the UK - potentially capable of delivering up to 10Gbit/s - would cost up to £29bn. ®
Yep we need more bandwidth.
We all need at least 5 megabit upload. So we can use Cisco Telepresence from home. 15 megabit if we have a big home. Bring down the prices and get rid of the car.
A simple formula for what should happen
Core network should run @ xGE where x is the current standard every time the standard goes up one notch the plans for backbone upgrade should be completed within 6 months and roll out started within 12 months and completed within 24 months for all major metropolitan areas and 36 months for the rest of the country, businesses should have access to the backbone directly at xGE and consumers at xGE/10, all connections should be full bore without download limits and this formula should be overseen by a government body and enabled by primary legislation, successful delivery of the network should mean a tidy bonus to those in charge, failure should mean they are fired and banned from holding any other government job.
Internet over Powerlines is a stupendously bad idea, which is why it's not been done. The radio interference that creates is extremely bad - sufficient to mean that radio (sub ~200MHz) gets wiped out.
- This is because the 'in air' live and neutral cables are all separated by a significant distance which are pretty good single pole antenna, and the 'in ground' cabling is primarily in the form of 'street ring mains', making your entire road into one giant loop antenna.
The existing "Homeplug" systems would fail emissions testing quite badly if they were required to meet similar specs to a standard ADSL router. At the moment there isn't an emissions standard for them, and the EU are effectively still deciding when to ban them by introducing such a standard.
Glass to the home and business is going to be necessary sooner or later, although there's still the question of which kind of glass.