A technology that could be used to speed up Internet service in rural areas has been hailed as a step towards “internet-ready” areas.
The technology, dubbed ‘fast lane’, is designed to help rural broadband providers deliver faster service to users in remote areas.
“The idea behind fast lane is that when we are not delivering as fast as we can to a remote population, that’s when we need to move towards the next level,” said Rohan Srivastava, head of technology at the World Wide Web Consortium (WWW).
The technology will be tested by governments in some parts of the world and is expected to be used by some rural ISPs, which have previously struggled to deliver fast internet speeds to remote areas in some regions.
The speed will be measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
“It’s very interesting to me because the whole point of having this technology is that it’s not just about a speed,” Mr Srivakasaid.
“It is about enabling a faster internet experience to people who are in remote rural areas.”
The technology uses sensors, including a GPS-based antenna, to measure the speed of internet traffic as it travels between a network of routers in a village and a network in the nearest city.
It can then send out the data to a network that can deliver the speed to the nearest user in the remote village.
“Fast lane is a really exciting technology because it allows us to make use of the power of the internet to improve the quality of service that we deliver,” Mr Rohan said.
“What we have in the future is a whole new range of connectivity technologies that allow us to connect to more people.”
Mr Srikavasava, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said the technology could also be used for education and health services, which would help rural populations, particularly in remote parts of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The project is based on a technique called ‘band-width modulation’ which allows information to flow at a speed that is not possible on the internet at present.
It is also a way of delivering faster internet to people in remote locations.
Mr Sravastava said there was an urgent need for faster broadband, particularly for rural areas.
A few years ago, there were more than 100 million rural broadband users in the world.
“Today we are seeing a population of over a billion people that is moving towards a rural broadband service,” Mr Jain said.
“This is a major development for our community, and it is really a great opportunity for us to accelerate the development of rural broadband infrastructure,” Mr Bhanu added. “
This technology is a new, and very exciting, technology for rural ISPs that we are building on.”
“This is a major development for our community, and it is really a great opportunity for us to accelerate the development of rural broadband infrastructure,” Mr Bhanu added.
WWW is a global consortium of universities, business and non-profit organisations dedicated to the development, deployment and use of new technologies to solve the world’s problems.
Its mission is to foster innovation, spur economic growth and foster the public good through research and policy-making.
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