Faster Broadband on the Way?

Last week, a company named Ikanos Communications made an announcement that is somewhat propellor-headed, but could have far-reaching impact on the average consumer. The company announced the lauch of “NodeScale Vectoring“, which reduces the impact of crosstalk between common copper wire phone lines. It uses unique algorithms, compression, and coding techniques to reduce the processing power required to compensate for crosstalk and external interference.

Or at least that’s what the press release says, I think. The part that I’m sure that I understand is that they believe that this technology can deliver 100 Mbps performance over traditional copper phone lines. That’s up to 100 times faster than some existing DSL broadband plans, and is about twice as fast as the fastest offering from residential fiber optic services (which is not an option for you unless they’ve brought fiber to your neighborhood).

If Ikanos can deliver on this technology, it could mean that nearly every home with a telephone line could get an extremely high-speed broadband Internet connection. And without having to upgrade the wiring.

Online streaming of video content, video chat, and a host of other new services require more bandwidth. It is possible that technology such as NodeScale Vectoring could make that bandwidth available on a wide basis. And that’s why a techie topic like this could have a big impact on how you connect to the Internet.