As little as 50 years ago the internet was just a theory.
The digital transformation that followed has changed the world forever. Industries across the world are constantly looking for new ways to get the most out of it and predicting what the technology of the future will bring.
The internet took only four years to reach its first 50 million users and now there are now more than four billion users around the world using the internet– well over half the world’s population.
The world has come a long way since the internet was first created. Whether you are at work, at home on the sofa, walking through the street or driving, there has been an undeniable shift in the way that technology is impacting our everyday lives in recent years.
It is only going to continue to evolve, with more advances being made year after year. This article will look at the future of connectivity and what it might mean for generations to come.
The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses everything that is and can be connected to the internet. Smart toasters, fitness wristbands and home voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa are just some examples of the devices that make the IoT.
As of right now, there are 23.4 billion ‘things’ or ‘devices’ connected to the internet and this is expected to grow to 75 billion by 2025.
By combining these connected devices, it is possible for companies to gather information, analyse it and create action. IoT gives us the opportunity to be more efficient, save money, save time and allows companies to rethink how they can deliver services.
IoT momentum is building quickly. We can expect to see a continued expansion of devices that can be connected to the internet – meaning our everyday lives will be significantly altered.
We are still in the early stages of what is going to be a highly-connected world. You might remember a time when it was hard to explain to the younger generation why we couldn’t pause live TV, but it will be much harder to explain to the next generation how we went about our everyday lives with such limited connectivity.
As network traffic reaches unprecedented amounts, the only technology currently able to support this will be optical fibre networks due to their speed and reliability.
There is such a demand for high-speed, reliable and high-capacity internet that the next task will be ensuring that countries and infrastructure around the world are ready to support this.
Currently, fixed broadband is available to 98 percent of Europeans and 87 percent of European homes can access high-speed broadband. Also, recent reports have shown that Europe has managed to provide faster 4G download speeds to users than ever before, with Norway and the Netherlands topping the list.
Europe has already created a solid foundation for the current connectivity demands, but it is still not sufficient enough to support the expected demands in the years to come.
There is no doubt that there is a need for speed in the tech world – with it being rated as the most important goal to achieve. Many people across the globe will rate their online experience by the speed of their connection.
We can expect to see improvements in the speed of the internet. And, now that more people connect to the internet through their mobile phones, there is a strong focus on 5G technology and enabling users around the world to access it.
Unsurprisingly, the arrival of 5G is creating excitement in the industry as it promises lightning-fast speed, incredibly low latency and the capacity to carry massive numbers of connections simultaneously.
There has been talk and experimentation about how connectivity can and will impact the automotive industry. Unfortunately, we are not talking about driverless hovercrafts flying around cities by 2020 – but there will be significant advancements in the way connectivity can be implemented to enhance the industry.
Technologies will improve the overall driving experience, such as GPS navigation systems and keyless ignitions. However, vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity promises to allow vehicles on the road to essentially talk to each other.
This will make it possible for vehicles to communicate with traffic signals, avoid crashes, ease traffic congestion and importantly, improve the environment.
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