Photonics Hyperhighway aims to revolutionise broadband

David Willetts, minister for universities and science, has announced £7.2m of investment that he said could revolutionise the internet.

The six-year Photonics Hyperhighway project will bring together scientists from the University of Southampton and the University of Essex with industry partners, including BBC Research and Development, to pioneer new technologies that could make broadband internet 100 times faster

The project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will look at the way fibre optics are used and develop new materials and devices to increase internet bandwidth.

This will ensure that the internet can cope with more broadband subscribers and the increasing use of services such as internet television and music downloads.