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Broadband-in-Gas September 18, 2006

Posted by Jasper in broadband, Technology.

Who would have thought of technology that allows the delivery of broadband through gas pipes. California-based Nethercomm is developing the technology. Delivery of services through the gas pipes is made possible using Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless radio technology. They call it Broadband-in-Gas (BiG).

According to Nethercomm the UWB signal:

…traverses through the underground pathway formed by the natural gas pipeline, turning corners and negotiating obstacles aided by the unique nature of ultra wide transmissions. When “Broadband-in-Gas” (BiG) is fully developed, it will provide twice the connectivity of fiber-optics (40 to 100 Mbps for Broadband-in-Gas versus 20 Mbps for fiber) at essentially the same installed cost per customer as DSL (about a tenth of the installed cost per customer for fiber to the home).

Source: here.  Additional documents are found on the Nethercomm website, including: Nethercomm’s BiG Network and Expanding the value of Fiber-in-Gas through Strategic Partnerships with BiG. Although it will likely be a some years yet before BiG takes flight, if a comparison with power-line technologies is any thing to go by, it is certainly something to watch out for.



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