LiFi Internet might just be 100 times faster than WiFi, says report

The technology was first discovered by Professor Harald Haas in 2011 of the University of Edinburgh

By: Tech Desk | Updated: December 1, 2015 10:09 am
internet-users-759 The pilot run of Li-fi was carried out by Velmenni, a start-up in Estonia and was tested in offices in Talinn.

The pilot testing of LiFi, an alternative technology to WiFi, has proved that it can send data at up to 1GBps, according to a report in The Telegraph UK. This is almost 100 times faster than the present WiFi technology.

So what exactly is LiFi? It uses light to beam information via air. The technology was first discovered by Professor Harald Haas in 2011 of the University of Edinburgh.  “While LiFi may not completely replace WiFi, the technologies could be used in parallel to create more efficient networks,” IBTimes UK reported.

The report also said that the technology could be rolled out for people in another three to four years, according to Velmenni CEO Deepak Solanki.

Professor Haas had talked about the idea on TED talks in 2011, which has seen 1.7 million views on YouTube.

“All we need to do is fit a small microchip to every potential illumination device and this would then combine two basic functionalities: illumination and wireless data transmission,” Haas told IBTimes UK. “In the future we will not only have 14 billion light bulbs, we may have 14 billion Li-Fis deployed worldwide for a cleaner, greener and even brighter future,” he added.

Haas is not the only one working LiFi related technology. Researchers at Oxford University have been working on the same as well. An earlier report in Telegraph points out that the one challenge to LiFi is transmitting the data, because there is no ‘guide path’ for the light, which causes problems of receiving the signal.

To know more about this technology, you can read a scientific paper on the same here.

Watch Professor Harald Haas’s Ted Talk video

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  1. S
    Sajid khan
    Mar 4, 2017 at 1:30 am
    What is the launch date of li fi in India and it's price
    1. K
      Feb 1, 2016 at 7:02 am
      1. Shubhi Mittal
        Jan 13, 2016 at 5:52 am
        Li-Fi technology, which uses visible light for data communications, has recently made its way to live trials based on solutions from the Estonian startup, Velmenni. The company has leveraged the relatively new technology to design a smart lighting solution and its pilot program is currently providing Internet access with speeds up to 1GBps to its clients in different industries, including office-based structures. There is so much happening around Li-Fi. However, there is much ambiguity surrounding its working, usage, and so on. This blog post explains Li-Fi and answers Li-Fi FAQs
        1. M
          Nov 27, 2015 at 3:35 pm
          1Gbps 100 times faster that current WiFi? Have you ever heard about 802.11ac? Today 1.3 Gbps with plans more that 6Gbps?
          1. J
            Nov 27, 2015 at 12:36 pm
            Great technology!!! Lifi tech will reduce the time of loading:-) Jaslynn, Bizbilla
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