Do you want broadband that is 1000 times faster?

27 Jan 2009

New research will investigate feasibility of access speeds of at least 1Gb/s, and up to 10Gb/s.

Technology Strategy Board to invest £1m in Ultra-Fast Broadband.

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest £1m to help British companies carry out initial research that will lead to the introduction of Ultra-Fast Broadband, with access speeds of between 1 and 10Gb/s - 100 to 1000 times faster than current broadband access speeds.

Up to 75% funding will be provided by the government-supported Technology Strategy Board in its Photonics21 - Next Generation Optical Internet Access competition, for short-term projects costing between £30,000 and £100,000.  The investment will fund feasibility projects that will, in turn, help establish European collaborations that will participate in larger EU-funded research and development initiatives.

Explaining the background to the funding, the Technology Strategy Board's Lead technologist for Photonics, Mike Biddle, said: "The challenge is to identify ways to address the technical issues facing the introduction of Ultra-Fast Broadband in the 2015 to 2020 timeframe and to build European collaborations to exploit the technology to generate UK wealth.  The intention is to help UK companies establish future European collaborations that will participate in larger EU funding initiatives."

The competition areas that must be addressed in the applications for funding are:

• Concepts for access and home networks based on optical fibres for up to 10 Gb/s everywhere provision, focussing on the optical/physical layer of next generation networks, including protocols and management.

• Development of technologies as enablers of future transmission, with the capacity to deliver robustness, resilience, reach and bit rate/capacity as well as tuneable/colourless aspects.

• Key switching and component technologies and designs to enable the above, including control aspects and optical hybrids.

• Seamlessly linking access, backhaul and core network architectures, including the architecture convergence with the radio access network to develop wireline/wireless systems integration.

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Last updated on Friday 30 July 2010 at 12:38

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