Whatever it is, it’s not fast enough.
But don’t expect to find the new speed option on your next computer’s feature list. The standard, to be produced by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), will likely reach data-transfer speeds between 400 gigabits per second and 1 terabit per second. For comparison, that latter speed would be enough to copy two-and-a-half full-length Blu-ray movies in a second.
The UK recently rejected NFC in their Tube pass system because it wasn’t fast enough.
“We have carried out tests on NFC in both 2008 and 2010,” Transport for London customer experience director Shashi Verma told GigaOM.
“Unfortunately, during both of these tests, we found that the technology was not fast enough to complete the transaction in under 500 milliseconds, which we would require.
“The concerns are only around NFC technology and not EMV. We are keen to see any progress the industry can make in this area.”
The speed of the Internet isn’t about how fast can we download movies, it’a about how fast does technology need to be to be completely seamless.