Southampton University scientists part of FASTNET program to enable ultrafast internet
A project involving University of Southampton scientists is among a group of so-called prosperity partnership projects worth up to £149 million, which is advancing cutting-edge research to invest in the UK’s future.
Scientists at the city’s university are teaming up with industrial partner Microsoft in a project named FASTNET to advance a new fibre optic cable to create a new generation of datacentres and optical networks.
It is one of 19 projects funded jointly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – part of UK Research and Innovation.
FASTNET aims to mass-produce a revolutionary new type of fibreoptic cable that increases by 50% the speed at which data propagates around the globe.
The cables transmit information through an air hole rather than a glass-filled centre and enable ultrafast internet and cloud services.
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