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Du trials LiFi, the WiFi alternative that’s 100 X faster



It’s a common annoyance for those addicted to the latest series. Four episodes into a binge, when you’ve stayed up until 2am just to find out what happens next, and at the crucial moment, the screen freezes. Or you buy a movie to watch that night, start downloading, and realise it’s going to be another four hours until you can actually watch it.

This is the #firstworldproblem of normal WiFi. But telecom provider du have made an announcement that will make your internet download speeds so fast, you could download an HD movie in seconds. The company have teamed up with UAE-based Zero1, in order to trial Light Fidelity, also known as LiFi, which is said to be 100 times faster than average WiFi speeds.

Using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of radio waves, the technology is able to reach speeds of 224GB per second (no, that’s not a typo). However, in ‘real world conditions’, this figure sits at a rather more believable 1GB per second – which is still impressive, nonetheless.

Saleem AlBalooshi, executive vice president of Network Development and Operations at Du, said: “With the Global LiFi market expected to reach $80 billion by 2021, we expect to see demand for this technology increasing exponentially over the coming years.”

“We wanted to ensure our customers were aware of this technology and the demonstration of LiFi technology complements our broadband portfolio for the business segment. We are currently working with major businesses to create tailor-made LiFi solutions and to test and validate the applications so that we can ensure we offer the latest in innovation to our valued customers.”

The technology is particularly useful for areas where data security is important, such as hospitals and security agencies. What’s more, reports claim that, as well as being faster and safer than WiFi, it’s cheaper too.

So what’s the catch? There are a few areas that LiFi falls slightly short on. The technology can’t travel through walls, giving it a much shorter range than WiFi, and it doesn’t work in direct sunlight.

It’s an exciting development, and it might not be long until LiFi is in our homes. Still confused? Check out the video below.

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