Would you believe me if I was to tell you that the internet could reach its limits in just 8 years’ time? Well it is thought that the internet is heading towards a ‘capacity crunch’ and is failing to keep up with demand for even faster data. Leading engineers, physicists and telecom firms have been summoned to a meeting at London’s Royal Society later this month so they can discuss what needs to be done to avert a web crisis. The boom of internet television, streaming services and even more powerful computers has increased the strain on our communications infrastructure.
Do you think you would be able to survive without internet? I know I would struggle. Well in 20 years’ time that could be the case because if usage rates continue all of Britain’s power supply could be consumed by internet usage alone! The cables and fibre optics that send information to our laptops, smart phones and tablets will have reached their limits to send data within 8 years. So far engineers have managed to keep ahead of demand by increasing internet speeds 50 fold in the last decade alone. In 2005 broadband internet had a maximum speed of 2 megabits per second, today 100 megabits per second download speeds are available in many parts of the country but experts warn that science has reached its limit and fibre optics cannot take any more data.
The results according to Professor Andrew Ellis is that internet bills will be increased or there will be a cap on the usage of internet, Professor Ellis told the Daily Mail ‘We are starting to reach the point in the research lab where we cannot get any more data into a single optical fibre.’ So it there anything that can be done? The internet companies could always put down additional cables but that would mean that internet bills would apparently have to double, like internet bills are not high enough already! So the question is, are you willing to pay more for your internet or just stop expanding? Or is it? In my opinion we will not be affected by this issue at all and most people will forget it ever exists as it is more than likely that scientist will find a way to get more data to travel through each optical fibre. What are your thoughts on the situation?