Who could have imagined how the Internet would totally revolutionize the world? Even today, it is constantly changing and evolving as new technologies and needs are introduced. How has the Internet changed? And how has the way we use the Internet changed in only the last few years? The global coronavirus pandemic only further demonstrated that the Internet is crucial to how we exist.
Perhaps the biggest evolution is how the line has blurred between personal and professional networking needs. We use the same technologies and applications for both home and work, including video conferencing, apps, IoT, and social networking. We rely on the Internet now more than ever, and this reliance only grows with time.
How has the Internet changed? Here are some huge factors that have driven the changes in how we use the Internet, and in how the Internet itself has had to evolve to meet demands.
Devices and Mobile Data
Remember when a “cell phone” could only make calls, and then simple texts? It stayed in our pockets most of the time — unlike today! Now, virtually everyone has a smartphone that rivals the computers of only a decade ago. We live chat, watch videos, order food and rides, conduct business, and get our news primarily through various mobile devices.
Next-generation high-speed wireless all began with the simple AMPS network. Growing technologies progressively allowed more flexibility and greater bandwidth with 2G, 3G, 4G, and 4G LTE. All this in a span of just 20 years. Frustrations about “cell service” have given way to every locale featuring free high-speed wireless data communications capabilities.
The newest 5th generation wireless delivers higher multi-Gbps peak data speeds, ultra low latency, more reliability, massive network capacity, increased availability, and a more uniform user experience to more users than ever before. How has the Internet changed? This higher performance and improved efficiency empowers new user experiences and connects new industries to the Internet and the world.
Business Data Evolution
Another major factor driving the constant evolution of the Internet is the increasing demands for data. Business data needs have exploded and will only continue to grow larger. Personal users also demand more and more data, as people and businesses alike undergo a continuing digital transformation.
“According to a recent consumer report commissioned by networking hardware company Ericsson, the average smartphone owner in the US currently uses around 8GB of data each month. The company expects that number to balloon up to possibly 200 GB per month by 2025.”
The speed of business is now dictated by the Internet and the demand is constant for more and faster data transfer. Broadband, fiber, and fixed wireless are all experiencing rapid expansion to include every locale. What is driving this need for faster and more reliant data?
- Cloud-based applications
- Remote work
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Social Media
- Video and Streaming Consumption
Every new innovation requires more data to deliver a better experience, and so Internet networking and connectivity continues to evolve. What does the future hold? Talk of self-driving vehicles and remote surgeries that used to be dismissed as fantasy are now being viewed as entirely possible.
One thing is certain: businesses will continue to need effective solutions to provide reliable, high-speed networking and Internet connectivity, especially those that are easily scalable for growing demands.
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