Researchers Work to Make Mobile Internet Faster
A team of researchers have been granted $1.08 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue their studies on how to increase internet speed on mobile devices.
Communication services broadcast and receive data via radio frequencies, which has become more problematic in recent years given the rise in the communication technology as well as the finite amount of radio frequencies. Even though the range of available frequencies isn’t expanding, demand for faster download speeds and internet access is only rising, and this creates a problem for mobile communications.
One system which could theoretically meet our mobile internet speed requirements is called Multi-Input, Multi-Output (MIMO) Communication, but this method has been unsuccessful in the past. MIMO makes use of multiple receivers and transmitters to multiply the amount of data being received, which could greatly increase internet speeds. The problem is that MIMO receivers can begin to overlap their signals if they are placed too close together. This means that it is effectively impossible for them to differentiate between signals, and that renders the technology useless to modern mobile devices, which are often in close proximity to one another.
The good news for mobile internet addicts around the world is that the new research being put into MIMO could have your smartphone’s speed picking up in the near future. Breakthroughs which could double internet speed by using two receivers is expected to be completed by late 2015. Testing on three or four receivers is expected by late 2017, which could triple or quadruple your mobile speed if the technology proves to be a success.