Is the Internet on the brink of collapse?

But experts warn that science has reached its limit – that fibre optics can take no more data.

The result, according to Professor Andrew Ellis, who has co-organised the Royal Society meeting on May 11, will be higher internet bills.

Professor Ellis, of Aston University in Birmingham, told the Daily Mail: ‘We are starting to reach the point in the research lab where we can’t get any more data into a single optical fibre.

‘The intensity is the same as if you were standing right up against the sun.