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Aston University

Faster, safer data connection

Aston University in Birmingham has discovered ways of speeding up connections, making it much faster to send information and digital data. Researchers developed ways of exploiting the properties of light that enable the transmission of vast quantities (one terabyte of data every second) in little packets through an optical fibre cable, while designing the packets to make them stable enough to travel thousands of kilometres without weakening, breaking up and possibly losing data.

This system of sending information is now used worldwide, enabling all of us to have instant access to the services we need and enjoy. As a result, it is easier to stream movies, video chat with friends, shop online and store our photos on the cloud. In business, benefits include more reliable, high speed connections to transfer financial, business or even life-saving medical information to where it is needed.