Li-Fi, invented in 2011 at the University of Edinburgh, is a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.
And now, scientists have taken Li-Fi out of the lab for the first time, trialling it in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn, Estonia, reporting that they can achieve data transmission at 1 GB per second - that's 100 times faster than current average Wi-Fi speeds.

Value for Dubai

Li-Fi bears two significant opportunities: speed of data transfer and security based on the origin of the data transfer being light (i.e. being not transmitted through walls etc.). In emerging infrastructures as Dubai a new technology like this can be implemented cost-effective from the drawing board, enabling seamless use, which is complementary to regular WiFi.