Friday, October 26, 2007

Aussie student makes copper broadband faster

Up to 200 times quicker

A MELBOURNE PhD student has worked out a way to make copper broadband technology 200 times faster.

John Papandriopoulos has managed to get a signal down a copper line at 250Mbps compared with the top speed of 1-20Mbps that can be managed now.

Papandriopoulos has patent applications for the technology being processed in the US and Australia, won one of Melbourne University's top academic prizes yesterday.

He told that telephone wiring is poor quality and was not designed for high-speed internet when it was created.

One of the things that slows down broadband is the fact that a telephone line interferes with a neighbour's.

Papandriopoulos' uses mathematic modelling to reduce the interference that slows down downloading.

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