EU and Japan join forces to tackle data explosion and build 100Gbps internet – 5000 times faster than today’s average EU speed
The European Commission and Japan today announce six research projects aiming at redefining internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data. One project aims to build networks 5000 times faster than today’s average European broadband speed (100Gbps compared to 19.7Mbps).
There is a pressing need for new and more efficient networks in light of a massive online data explosion that is expected to continue over the next decade.
The world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data per minute; data traffic volumes doubled between early 2012 and early 2013 and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018. Such big data is growing faster than networks' capacity to carry it.