The world knows the public internet as the best transport network and the backbone of their daily routines. However, if one looks closely, the internet is far from perfect, with many considering the network untrusted and its usage synonymous with poor reliability and performance issues. Although these faults were once overlooked, the impending Web3 revolution has led many to recognize just how far the current internet foundation is from supporting the increased usage and performance requirements that come with the metaverse, decentralized finance (DeFi) and other blockchain-technology use cases.
Soon, every major company, industry and consumer experience will be shaped by the metaverse and accompanying technologies. One of the biggest gaps still yet to be filled is a network that can support the requirements. After all, the centralized infrastructure the internet depends on is not public or trustless, direct violations of what the blockchain-led digital realm is hoping to achieve.
To illustrate these concerns, users are encouraged to first consider the data routing system. This system uses a protocol that has remained unchanged since its inception in the 1980s, coupled with routes that are governed by peering relationships between telecom giants. Today, internet data routing is not controlled by the user but by a centralized group of large corporations. Currently, internet data is not routed for optimal performance, so data traffic continues to pile up if a specific link is congested. It doesn’t route around congestion, so users get lower internet speeds and their…