A more energy-efficient method of increasing optical networks’ data capacity could very well be the solution to speed and cost efficiency for fiber internet service providers in Atlanta Georgia and their customers. Data from existing fiber optic networks around the world could very well travel over the same, single fiber cable. As well, the performance of large networks like the National Broadband Network could be significantly boosted and costs reduced.
Australia was the site of this breakthrough, in which researchers reprogrammed a network component to work more efficiently with data encoding technology. The ‘switch’ would be able to fit between gaps in data traffic, adding the ability for network operators to adjust capacity when increased demand occurs. This will certainly come in handy for the future, in which researcher predict the use of the internet to rise by one-thousand fold.