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The future of Internet connectivity

The Internet is ever evolving. This connectivity is becoming a part of everything we do, in both domestic and commercial environments. As of June 2018, statistics show that 55.1% of the world’s population has access to the Internet. In comparison, a few decades ago this figure was below 1% of the population.

It’s hard to imagine daily life without a connection to the Internet. This advancement in technology enables organizations to do business the world over. It assists with everything from real-time communication to fast transactions, and the integration of mobile technology has also increased reliance on its access.

As business and domestic customers become more reliant on consistent and dependable connectivity, the expectation of a good service has increased significantly. Long gone are the days of waiting for a dial-up. Individuals and businesses require instant access without interruption.

Fortunately, Internet connectivity is evolving to accommodate these needs. Take a look at the latest advancements that could boost your business.

5G wireless technology

5G technology is next generation wireless technology. You can expect to experience faster connection speeds (about ten times faster than 4G) and improved reliability across the entire network.

Major cell phone carriers are making significant developments in this area, and the industry expects a wider scale launch of the network in 2020. However, 5G isn’t just a boost for smartphone use. This technology integrates into equipment and systems such as sensors, robots, and driverless cars across many industries such as medicine, military, and corporate sectors.

While the rollout of 5G wireless technology takes place, you won’t be able to take advantage of its benefits until compatible devices become available.

SD-WAN (Software Defined Area Networking)

SD-WAN is a software-defined networking technology that can be implemented to existing WAN connections. This super-fast Internet option is preferred in large corporations, as it can reliably link different locations and data centers with a robust connection.  

A recent report by Gartner predicts that this market sector is rapidly growing with spending on SD-WAN products reaching $1.24 billion in the next few years (2020). The reason for this growth in software-defined technology stems from its benefits in the corporate world.

Not only is the technology more flexible than traditional MPLS connections. It is also a cost-effective upgrade that is infinitely scalable. Alongside these features, it’s ideal for connecting multiple sites and can be integrated into cloud systems for improved accessibility.

The Internet of Things

As discussed in ‘How IoT is changing the modern workplace’, this vast network of devices and technology integrates into both domestic and corporate life. The Mobility Report conducted by Ericsson predicts that by 2024, the number of connected devices is forecasted to exceed 22 million.

"Managing this network of devices is a challenging aspect of IoT’s growth. However, telecoms providers are gearing up to offer services that manage devices for a secure end-to-end service." - Digital Pigeon


February 14, 2019