Dubai has moved one step closer to having the fastest internet speeds ever created after provider Du confirmed they have begun trailing Li-Fi.
The technology, also known as Light Fidelity, has in 'real world condition' trials late last year generated speeds of one gigabyte per second, essentially allowing the user to download high definition movies in a matter of seconds. In a laboratory setting, that figure was even more impressive, hitting 224GB a second.
Li-Fi was first revealed to the world back in 2011 and now under the company banner PureLifi, pioneer Professor Harald Haas hopes a partnership with Lucibel will enable the launch commercially before the end of the year.
So what is it? According to official information, 'Light Fidelity is a bidirectional, high speed and fully networked wireless communication technology similar to Wi-Fi'. In simple terms, unlike Wi-Fi which uses radio waves, it transmits data through LED bulbs switching on and off too fast to be noticed by human eye.
The technology is cheaper to operate than traditional networks, but does have shortcomings, namely a very short range and an inability to travel through walls (a good thing from a security perspective). However, a fully networked solution is well on the way to being realised at Pure Li-Fi, which would allow users to move between lights without losing signal.
"We are currently working with major businesses to create tailor-made Li-Fi solutions and to test and validate the applications so that we can ensure we offer the latest in innovation to our valued customers," Saleem Al Balooshi, executive vice president at du, said in a statement.
"The recent demonstration of Li-Fi adds further impetus to the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in establishing the UAE as a global leader in all aspects and as an innovator in technology in the Middle East region," he added.
The Li-Fi industry is expected to be worth almost Dhs300 billion by 2021.
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