From Queensland Business Review

The CSIRO ICT Centre has announced a new wireless system able to send and recieve six gigabytes of information per second.

As an example the entire works of Shakespeare could be transmitted over this six gigabit link in under seven thousandths of a second or a full DVD movie in just over three quarters of a second.

Dr Jay Guo, director of the Wireless Technologies Laboratory at CSIRO says the breakthrough is just a first stage towards direct connections of up to 12 gigabits per second.

"The system is suitable for situations where a high speed link is needed but it is too expensive or logistically difficult to lay fibre, such as in congested urban environments, and across valleys and rivers," Guo says.

"The system is also ideal for creating networks to meet short term needs such as emergencies and large events."

Helen Coonan, Minister for Communications, Information and Technology and the Arts says this is great news for the future of broadband in Australia.

"What stands out for me is that other technologies have gone faster with lower efficiency or slower with higher efficiency but CSIRO has achieved both speed and efficiency in the one technology," Coonan says.

"The system is suitable for situations where a high speed link is needed but it is too expensive or logistically