Smashing barriers: How shortwave frequencies are making trading firms faster

Improvements in shortwave radio frequencies could be a leap forward in the latency race. But given the costs and technical challenges, is it worth the investment? 

The race to zero has never been fiercer. Every millisecond is precious, especially at a time when volatility and trading volumes have surged, fueled by the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of meme stocks, and ongoing geopolitical events. There are plenty of opportunities for firms seeking arbitrage gains. 

Typically, high frequency trading (HFT) firms have used a combination of fiber and microwave connectivity, as well as hardware such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to receive and process

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