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EU and Japan announce co-efforts in boosting internet speed 

The European Union and Japan are to fund research attempts to speed up internet data network transfer from 19.7 Mbps to 100 Gbps, it was announced. The initiative was presented in Tokyo on Monday, where industrial players and leading universities were presents. Here the EU acknowledged the need to match the “massive online data explosion” that has marked the last few years – according to statistics, the world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data per minute, with data traffic volume set to double from 2012 to grow 12-fold by 2018.

The EU has pledged €18 million and will be spearheading around six different projects, which are as follows:

STRAUSS: will enable fiber optic networks at more than 100Gbps (as described above)

MiWEBA: will handle capacity by making better use of existing radio frequencies, so as to boost ultra-high speed and mobile connections.

NECOMA: will explore new ways to enhance personal data security by developing new metrics to evaluate threats.

GreenICN: will explore new ways to make more efficient use of energy in information networks, especially focusing on post-disaster situations (such as earthquakes) when resources are scarces and network performance is vital.

ClouT: will allow real-time control of sensors to enable smart city projects, such as energy use, traffic flow, or emergencies – through cloud networking.

FELIX: will set up joint EU-Japan experimental platforms that will help universities and research centers test new network technologies.

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