The Connected World

It is amusing, albeit a little scary to realize how fast the world is progressing. From smart phones to satellites orbiting Mars, human race has achieved enough to prove its worth at the top of the evolutionary ladder. Seeing the world as it is right now, we can say that the most important of these achievements is the invention of internet. Isn’t it absolutely awe inspiring how internet has so miraculously connected the whole world? About 42.4% of the world's population uses the Internet.

Consumer use of the Internet first became popular through dial-up Internet access in the 1990s. By the first decade of the 21st century, many consumers in developed nations used faster, broadband Internet access technologies. As of 2014, broadband was ubiquitous around the world, with a global average connection speed exceeding 4 Mbps. Broadband provides improved access to Internet services such as:

  • Faster World Wide Web browsing.

  • Faster downloading of documents, photographs, videos, and other large files.

  • Telephony, radio, television, and videoconferencing.

  • Virtual private networks and remote system administration.

  • Online gaming, especially massively multiplayer online role-playing games which are interaction-intensive.

Access to the Internet grew from an estimated 10 million people in 1993, to almost 40 million in 1995, to 670 million in 2002 and to 2.7 billion in 2013. There were roughly 0.6 billion fixed broadband subscribers and almost 1.2 billion mobile broadband subscribers in 2011. In developed countries people frequently use both fixed and mobile broadband networks. In developing countries mobile broadband is often the only access method available. Mobile internet has become the ultimate savior for us.