A team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and AI Laboratory have developed a system called MegaMIMO 2.0, in order to increase internet speeds in public places.
The cause behind the development of this project is the well known fact that no matter how much data or bandwidth you have access to, once you open it up to the general public, it will become essentially useless.
The reason being that, when multiple devices try to access the internet at the same time, they end up causing interference for each other, which results in throttled internet speed.
Some projects have tried to get over this issue by expanding the network coverage with the help of innovative solutions like the Smart Pavement.
However, these projects can only help so far, as the real issue lies with frequency management, which is the exact problem that the MegaMIMO 2.0 focuses on.
It works by taking over the responsibility of network management, in order to allot different traveling frequencies to each device, which in turn reduces the interference that each devices causes.
This change doesn’t really have any effect on your device, instead, it increases the efficiency of the signal, thus increasing the internet speeds almost 10 times as compared to what you have come to expect.
Even though the whole system is just a concept explained in a research paper, the researchers were still able to test it’s potential with the help of four independent transmitters and receivers placed in the same area.
It was observed that the MegaMIMO 2.0 was able to manage the connections in such a way, that it increased the speed of data transfer by a factor of 3.6.
This figure would be even more impressive in a real life setting, where both the bandwidth and connected devices increase in extreme numbers.
All we have to do is wait until the researchers find a way to commercialize this concept, so that one day it could be applied to all sorts of public locations all over the world.