European project boosted Internet capacity 10-fold

European experts have pushed the capacity of a 10 gigabit ethernet to 100 gigabits. The purpose of the project is to insure sufficient bandwidth for the future.

As bandwidth requirements increase due to greater numbers of users, social networking, video on demand and more, advancements in delivery are needed and laying more and more optic cables has been seen as the only solution.

The 100GET project involves some of the largest networking and telecommunication companies in Europe. 100GET stands for 100 Gigabits Ethernet.

By focusing on both the data transfer and networking aspects, efficiencies have been found that ensure bandwidth capacity for the Internet can be increased dramatically, the project reported.

The effort was supported by EUREKA, an intergovernmental network launched in 1985 to support market-oriented research and development and innovation projects by industry, research centers and universities across all technological sectors.

Traffic growth across the existing infrastructure of the Internet in Europe reaches 40 percent annually. Growth is so strong that when new bandwidth becomes available it is used almost immediately. Use of on-demand video and photo sharing services accounts for much of this.

“At the outset, we discussed this project with researchers and our business division. We thought that 40GET was possible but the future lay in a much bigger number like 100GET. That was a big target,” said Kurt Loesch of Alcatel-Lucent Deutschland AG, Germany

Rainer H. Derksen, a senior research scientist at Nokia Siemens Networks, one of the lead partners in the project, said “Just increasing the amount of optical fiber will not be enough to cope with the current growth in the Internet traffic. We needed to find remedies that allowed us to use the available bandwidth of optical fiber more efficiently.”

The total budget of the project was 65 million euros which was funded partly by the companies themselves and partly by national governments. In total, the project has resulted in 56 patent applications, the creation of 21 new products and the improvement of 15 existing products.

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