“It’s incredible we’ve managed to stay ahead this long, but now researchers are finding they just cannot fit much more data down traditional fibre optic lines.”
-Professor Andrew Ellis, University of Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom – A respected fibre researcher has told a leading online internet news website that the internet could be on the brink of a “capacity crunch”.
Reiterating comments he made to ISP review earlier this year, Professor Andrew Ellis, from Aston University, Birmingham said that a capacity crunch could be reached in the next eight years.
Speaking ahead of Friday’s (25th September) 2015 Lightfest in Birmingham, at which he will give talks on the subject, he said:
“Demand for internet capacity keeps soaring, and we’re now reaching the point where it’s increasingly difficult to stay ahead of that demand using current approaches.
“It’s incredible we’ve managed to stay ahead this long, but now researchers are finding they just cannot fit much more data down traditional fibre optic lines.
“Soon, unless we increase costs by deploying more fibres, we may need radical changes to the way we either use or distribute data if we are to overcome this capacity crunch.
“We should start having the conversation now – are consumers willing to accept higher charges for increased bandwidth or can we be more considered about the capacity we consume?
“Will we lay additional cables, or will we look to the likes of Netflix to help us manage demand?“
Lightfest 2015 is being held on Friday September, 25 2015, at the Library of Birmingham.
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