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UNLOC – UNLocking the capacity of Optical Communications, is a Programme Grant funded by EPSRC to research the future of optical communication systems. It is a collaboration between researchers at UCL and Aston University, together with 13 industrial partners.

It is recognised that global communication systems are rapidly approaching the fundamental information capacity of current optical fibre transmission technologies. This will have a devastating impact on the economy – leading to either a capacity cap or price increase. Both will impair economic growth.

UNLOC research is on new approaches to unlocking the capacity of future information systems that go beyond the limits of current optical communications systems: combining techniques from information theory, coding, study of advanced modulation formats, digital signal processing and advanced photonic concepts to make possible breakthrough developments to ensure a robust communications infrastructure for the future.

UNLOC Website

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