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EU and Japan to build 5000 times faster internet

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The European Commission and Japan announce six research projects aiming at redefining internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data.

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One project aims to build networks 5000 times faster than today’s average European broadband speed (100Gbps compared to 19.7Mbps).

There is a pressing need for new and more efficient networks in light of a massive online data explosion that is expected to continue over the next decade.

The world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data per minute; data traffic volumes doubled between early 2012 and early 2013 and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018. Such big data is growing faster than networks' capacity to carry it.

The projects, will receive around €18m in funding, and touch on challenges such as cyber security, network capacity, storage, high density data traffic and energy efficiency.

"Our Future Internet should know no barriers, least of all barriers created because we did not prepare for the data revolution," said European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes.

The funded projects are STRAUSS which aims to enable fibre optic networks at more than 100Gbps. MiWEBA will handle capacity by making better use of existing radio frequencies in order to boost ultra-high speed and mobile connections. NECOMA will explore new ways to enhance personal data security in sensitive environments such as medical history records by developing new metrics to evaluate threats and potential impact of cyber attacks.

GreenICN will try to ensure an efficient use of energy in information networks. It will test network reliability in post-disaster situations (earthquakes, hurricanes) when energy resources are scarce and network performance is vital.

ClouT will try to allow real-time control of sensors enabling smart city operations such as energy use, traffic flow or emergencies. To achieve this target, the project will integrate Cloud Computing and Internet of Things features.

FELIX will set up joint EU-Japan experimental platforms that will help universities and research centres test new network technologies. Such new platforms will improve researchers' use of their experimental facilities.

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