Internet speeds could be about to get a major boost across the world
UK home broadband connections could soon be quicker than ever after researchers discovered a whole new way to boost internet download speeds.
Scientists in the Netherlands have announced a technological breakthrough which could hugely improve your internet download capacity by boosting the speed of your Wi-Fi.
This means that you’ll soon be able to enjoy faster downloads than ever before, with speeds around 100 times faster than what is currently available today.
The news comes from Eindhoven University of Technology researcher Joanne Oh, who developed new wireless internet technology which is capable of reaching speeds of up to 42GB/second.
Most homes in the UK struggle to get speeds of around 1GB/s, despite repeated government campaigns to boost the country’s online network.
Best of all, the researchers say that the network very rarely slows down, due to a novel set-up system that sees devices connect via rays of light.
The breakthrough could soon lead to faster download speeds for you
Wireless data is transmitted from central ‘light antennas’ which are able to very precisely direct rays of light supplied by an optical fibre connection around a room.
These antenna are able to redirect and radiate light beams at different angles, ensuring strong connections wherever you are.
The antennas can be set up almost anywhere, making the network cheap and simple to set up, and as they have no moving parts, do not need any maintenance.
This also means that its download speeds will also never be hindered by multiple devices attempting to connect to the network, as is the case for many homes today.
Even if you move around the room whilst using a device and lose connection with the original light ray, a new one can connect immediately, ensuring your network speed should never drop.
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There’s no news yet on when you can expect this technology to come in to the mainstream, but hopes are high that it could finally help solve the UK’s sluggish internet connections.
Recent research found that although Britain ranks highly among countries that do have broadband connections, users often miss out due to the lacklustre speeds offered by the networks.
The UK ranked 30th in the world for average fixed broadband download speed, clocking an average of 39.76Mbps.