To think, a century ago, there were no phones, no computers, no emails. But the twentieth century heralded a new era in communication technology, setting the pace for the 21st century’s mind-blowing communication methods of today.
There is, however, something that would have made all of it impossible – the Internet. By the first quarter of the 20th century, the very first steps of telephony and computers were operational. Throughout the course of the century, commendable progress had been made as phones and computers were accessible to the populace albeit on a low scale.
But the introduction of the World Wide Web in 1993 took the world by storm. And two and a half decades later, it is almost an impossibility to exist without it. Businesses in South Africa and the world over, are dependent on the internet to communicate and transact effectively. Trillion dollars worth of transactions take place on a daily basis and it’s just unfathomable if the internet were to suddenly stop working today.
Therefore, a critical infrastructure of such nature needs to be continually improved upon on… and Business Fibre connections are doing a marvellous job of that as at now.
History of the Internet
The ARPANET was the embryo from which the internet developed. It was the first network concept that sought to make computers communicate with each other but operated at a low speed of 50Kbps.
When the World Wide Web began in 1993, dial-up connections of about 56Kbps were what was in vogue. Just 25 years ago.
As we approached the 21st century, broadband connections took centre stage. Today, Fibre internet is the newest trending thing due to it’s speed of up to 1 gigabyte per second. We can only wonder where we’ll be in the next 25 years…
The progress made so far accounts for the increase in the number of internet users globally. Indeed we have grown from about 16 million internet users in 1995 to over 4 billion internet users in 2018.
Fibre has reached an all-time high
Undoubtedly, Fibre internet possesses the capacity to transmit data at lightning speed and that’s the reason it has become the bride of all.
As of today, speeds up of up to 100 Gbps are achievable with the existing Fibre network and researchers are working on upgrading to about 1 Terabyte per second – a whopping 1000 times the 1 Gbps that is mostly obtainable presently, and 10 times the existing achievable limit.
So it should come as no surprise why it has gained so much desirability… Most developed countries are nearing 80% – 90% full Fibre coverage. Even the UK which has lagged behind at 4% has set a 2033 deadline for full Fibre coverage across all of its territory.
This is where Africa, especially South Africa, should feel challenged. SA’s viability of full Fibre coverage in the near future is still very low. Granted, the government did have plans to get Fibre cables in place throughout the country by 2020, it’s not rocket science that this is improbable.
Businesses are going Fibre
Expectedly, the business world which benefits greatly from this technological explosion has turned its attention to Fibre technology.
Fibre networks help employees work faster, smarter and ultimately, more profitably. Fibre provides businesses with numerous advantages some of which are:
- Speed: The speed at which a business runs impacts its productivity and profitability. Be it sending mails, processing orders or relating with customers, there is no room for connectivity downtime. Therefore, no business will work with the sloth-like speed that dial-up connection offered.
- Reliability: Fibre network is also the most reliable of all forms of connections due to its structure. Because it is made from glass, it is not susceptible to interference such as electromagnetic waves or inclement weather conditions.
- Cloud access: The internet revolution has given birth to cloud computing where business apps, tools etc. are stored in the cloud for universal access. With so much by-the-minute storage and retrieval between your business and the cloud, a super-fast connection is a must.
Our lives are digitally driven
Cloud computing is not the only development around, virtually everything has gone digital. For business, project management, design, communication, social media, e-commerce, accounting, web conferencing, training etc.; are all web-based. This means businesses require more time online, and consequently, higher internet speeds.
A lot of businesses such as Uber, Booking.com and Airbnb have evolved with 99.99% digital-based systems and this is only possible through the use of high speed, reliable internet.
South Africa should consider its Fibre installation project topmost priority otherwise our businesses will lose the competitive edge, especially those competing globally. With such connectivity structure in place, businesses here can increase productivity, cut costs, operate efficiently and be more responsive to consumers thereby competing on a more even scale globally.
While technologies that beat the Fibre may yet be discovered in the future, it has no doubt left an indelible mark in today’s connectivity infrastructure and has etched its name in the history books as the technology of the 21st century.
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