Thursday, April 17, 2008

Future Internet Collapse?

Demand for online video websites such as YouTube and Metacafe are putting the internet under so much strain it may collapse within two years, experts have revealed.

They claim that unless billions of pounds is spent on upgrading the copper wires, which underpin parts of the web's infrastructure, an internet meltdown is highly likely.

Larry Irving, co-chairman of the Internet Innovation Alliance, an American industry group lobbying for universal improvements in the web's network, told The Telegraph: "Our streets in cities like London or New York were designed for a certain amount of traffic. There are times of the day when you can get around and times when there is congestion. London does not shut down, it carries on, but everything slows down. The internet is something like that.”

Irving said that the copper wires were only intended to carry voice calls. The surge in transfers of video-related data means the wires are at risk of becoming overloaded, especially since internet traffic is increasing at a dramatic rate.

Online monitoring firm Hitwise has recorded a 178 percent increase in visitors to video websites in the past year.

Internet service providers (ISP's) are putting in place plans to swap the copper wires for high speed fibre optic cables.

Anthony Walker, chief executive of Britain's Broadband Stakeholder Group, said: "There are big investment challenges ahead. Replacing copper with fibre optic, taking it closer to the consumer, we're talking about billions of pounds over almost a decade."




2 comentarii:

The Beading Gem said...

That is too scary to even think about! B

ghepardoo said...

It's sad but is true. Think about all amount of data and the old networks between continents. Many countries use the satellite connections that are very slow. Seems that Google also started a project to build it's own
submarine interconnections
.

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,
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An AMD manager said at a conference in Romania that the future computers will be small hosts connected to a server.
This requires large bandwith. Don't forget that many people use
online storage
.

To keep up with the data growth, researchers are trying to implement the Soliton Fiber.

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ArsTechnica
,
News.com