(AGI) Milan, March 10 - While the Italian government andtelephone operators continue their talks about the future ofthe country's broadband network, some major companies in thesector are testing new software that could greatly increase thecapacity of the existing copper wires. Twenty years in themaking, the method has been patented by Giancarlo Costabile, anengineer from the south Italian town of Cosenza. The software,a simple algorithm, can be installed on any data transmissionserver and on the client side - computers and smartphones. Itmultiplies the data transmission capacity by eight times on anytype of network: landlines or mobile, copper, optical fibre,GSM, 3G and 4G. Needing no hardware changes, and so cheap, thissolution could benefit the whole Italian community and bring aleap forward worth years. "My algorithm interacts with thecode in which the data is written and not with the transmissionsystems," the inventor commented. "By downloading andinstalling the special software in our computers, in the spaceof a few months the application would spread like wildfire,turning our system into the 'next generation network' companiesand governments are quarrelling about. In fact, the States donot have the 80 billion euros (12 billion in Italy alone)required to construct a whole new network. This temporarysolution is called 'Alisa encoding', after the person I feelclosest to. This algorithm is my life and I have dedicated itto her," he said with a smile. The algorithm is still a bigsecret and requires verification by security authorities beforeit can be used. . .