Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, has
recently announced an investment worth £7.2 million which might
have the potential to vastly improve the internet as we know
The six-years-long project, 'Photonics HyperHighway' is set to
bring a group of specialised scientists from Universities of
Southampton and Essex alongside partners from the industry, among
others BBC Research and Development, to develop and test new
infrastructures which could make broadband internet up to a
hundred times faster.
The Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts
"The internet is fundamental to our lives and we use it for
a huge range of activities-from doing the weekly food shop to
catching up with friends and family.
"The number of broadband subscribers has grown vastly in the
past ten years, and we need to ensure the web infrastructure can
continue to meet this demand."
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
decided to provide the funding for the project, which is set to
look at fibre technologies, develop and
improve new platforms that will enable to increase internet
It has also been said that the findings of the project will
benefit online retailers and banks - making money transfers and
transactions super speedy.
Mr Willetts concluded saying:
"On top of this, the internet industry is worth an estimated
£100 billion in the UK, so it is in our interest to make it even
better for businesses and help boost economic growth. "The
Photonics HyperHighway project has the potential to truly
revolutionise the internet, making it much faster and more
"The project is also a shining example of the UK's
world-leading role in this area of research, and I look forward to
the exciting breakthroughs it will bring."