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Monday23 October 2017

Record-speed wireless data bridge demonstrated: takes high-speed communications the ‘last mile’

 

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27—A team of researchers in Germany has created a new way to overcome many of the issues associated with bringing high-speed digital communications across challenging terrain and into remote areas, commonly referred to as the “last mile” problem. The researchers developed a record-speed wireless data bridge that transmits digital information much faster than today’s state-of-the-art systems.

These unprecedented speeds, up to 20 billion bits of data per second, were achieved by using higher frequencies than those typically used in mobile communications—the wireless bridge operates at 200 gigahertz (GHz) (two orders of magnitude greater than cell phone frequencies).

The team will present their research at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC), taking place March 4–8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“An inexpensive, flexible, and easy-to-implement solution to the ‘last mile’ problem is the use of wireless technology,” explains Swen Koenig, a researcher at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s (KIT) Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics, who will present the findings at OFC/NFOEC. “Instead of investing in the cost of digging trenches in the ground and deploying ducts for the fibers, data is transmitted via the air—over a high-speed wireless link.”

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