View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
  2. Software
December 19, 2014

World’s ‘fastest wireless network’ to arrive in Lancaster

Scientists are paving the way for the fastest performing Internet at affordable costs.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

The first millimetre wave (W-band) wireless network system, said to be the ‘world’s fastest’, is being tested at Lancaster University, paving the way for high-speed Internet at affordable costs.

Scientists are set to expand the boundaries of millimetre wave communication, which uses "extremely high frequencies" to transmit data, as part of a £2.8m project.

Millimetre waves, found in the spectrum between microwaves and infrared waves, are considered the most promising and cheapest solution for future communication networks to secure high-speed wireless mobile and fixed point Internet.

The university will also examine recent advances in the field of vacuum electronics and solid state electronics using millimetre wave frequencies.

The TWEETHER project, funded by the EU’s Horizon’s 2020 research framework, comes following increased demand for mobile data, which has placed unprecedented strain on networks. This has been seen especially in residential and rural areas where optical fibre, often slow and expensive, is not available.

Lancaster University’s Professor of Electronics Claudio Paoloni said: "The enormous flux of data transferred via wireless networks, increasing at a super-high pace, makes today’s state-of-the-art networks quickly outdated."

"The huge spread of portable smart phone, tablets and the increasing demand of services hungry for data, such as high definition TV, videoconferencing and online games, are posing formidable challenges with the congestion of the available spectrum and the limits of present technology."

Content from our partners
Why the tech sector must embrace faster, smarter talent recruitment
Sherif Tawfik: The Middle East and Africa are ready to lead on the climate
What to look for in a modern ERP system

A t the end of the three-year project, the scientists are hoping to build a "powerful and compact transmission hub with "unprecedented performance".

Topics in this article :
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.