Wireless links formed partly by lasers may offer a faster, cheaper way to improve mobile Internet. Laser-radio technology by AOptix is a new wireless technology that provides a solution to some of the problems that fiber optic cables present. Originally designed for the Pentagon to steer laser beams to keep data moving between drones, ground stations, and fighter jets, this technology offers the same benefits of high quality, fast Internet connection that is found with fiber optic cables. However, Laser-radio is a more cost-effective solution compared to fiber optic and offers solutions to problems that fiber-optic presents.
So how does it work? Laser-radio uses a combination of laser and radio waves to bring the Internet anywhere – the first technology of its kind to do so. The use of laser links and radio links compensate for the weaknesses in both; lasers don't work in foggy weather, while radio waves are affected by rain. Unlike fiber optic, this combination adds redundancy and ensures that transmission works in any weather condition.
As many wireless carriers are scrambling to install fiber to replace copper cables that still link up approximately half of all cellular towers – a process that has been slow and expensive, this is an attractive solution.
Before the end of 2015, Anova Technologies, a networking company that specializes in the financial industry, will use AOptix technology in New Jersey to shave nanoseconds off the time it takes data to travel between the computers of Nasdaq Stock Market and the New York Stock Exchange. AOptix currently has deployments in seven countries across four continents, and is a leading provider of Mobile Backhaul and Low-Latency Private Network connectivity.
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