Fiber optic has long been touted as a technology for the future of Internet service.
But a new study from the US National Science Foundation (NSF) suggests the technology could also play a role in the development of high-speed broadband networks.
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the National Science Education Research Council (NSERC) are studying fiber optic technologies and how they can help the internet and make the internet more efficient.
In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the NTIA and NSERC researchers claim fiber optics have the potential to make the Internet more efficient, reducing the need for costly cable and other wires.
Fiber optic technology, or fiber optics, is a term that refers to the optical fibers used to carry information and signals across a wire.
A fiber optic cable is used to transmit data from one end to the other.NTIA and the NSERC study uses two-dimensional (2D) imaging techniques to create a picture of the structure of the fiber optic cables, and how their optical characteristics change over time.NTIAS director, David McElwee, said the technology is poised to help deliver faster internet connections.
“With fiber optics there are more channels to move data and faster internet service can be delivered, so we need to find ways to improve our technology and that’s where we’re looking,” Mr McElweth said.
“It’s also the technology that we are looking to use for other applications and we’re really excited about the potential.”NTIAS chief scientific officer, Dr David McGlashan, said fiber optics were also a technology that could help us tackle climate change.
“There’s a lot of research going on into how we can improve our infrastructure to make it less expensive and better for people, particularly the elderly and people with disabilities, and we also need to improve the quality of our services, because the quality and the speed of our internet is becoming more important,” Dr McGlashew said.NTIAS research director, Dr Stephen Kwan, said one of the most exciting applications of fiber optics was in the delivery of medical devices.
“One of the challenges in the field is to deliver high-quality medical equipment and also for the health and wellbeing of people, especially the elderly,” Dr Kwan said.
Mr McElwell said the NTIAS research looked at how different materials and technologies could be used to improve internet service, such as optical fibers, which could reduce the cost of delivering high-bandwidth internet.
“We think fiber optics can really make a huge difference because they’re more efficient,” Mr MacElwell explained.
“They’re also a bit less expensive than cables and they can be used in different ways.”
The NTIA said the findings would inform the design of future fiber optic infrastructure.
“This study is a huge step forward in our research into the design and deployment of future broadband networks,” NTIA chief scientist Dr Stephen King said.