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Cut the cord: A glimpse into a wireless world

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Most of the technology that we use in our daily life has become or will become wireless because in the future there are not going to be any wires. And the internet has sped up this process.

What makes us different from animals? Communication!

Wireless communication is overtaking wired technologies and will continue to expand into the future. By 2020, traffic from wireless and mobile devices is expected to account for two-thirds of all IP traffic. That same year, there will be around 20.4 billion Internet of Things, or IoT, devices connected to the network.

Why is it upgrading so fast?

Wireless has the advantage of not needing the massive infrastructure investments of wired networks, which opens up the market to smaller companies. This also makes it more feasible for large corporations, as well as customers, to switch to wireless products.

Wireless technologies also make it easier to expand Internet access to areas that were hard to reach with wired tech. Facebook, Google, and SpaceX have all launched projects with this goal in mind. Facebook is working on using drones flown at high altitudes to beam Internet connectivity to people on the ground below. Google took a similar approach with a variation on weather balloons, and SpaceX is working on small, low-orbiting satellites that would create networks.

These kinds of approaches could help provide access to the Internet to rural communities, remote communities and people in developing countries. Gaining access to the Internet could spark huge changes for these groups of people, as did for those living in non-remote parts of the developed world. There’s still a large portion of the world that lacks Internet access too — around 52%.

In every sector, companies are trying to cut down the weight of their tech, and the best way to do so is to make it wireless. It is an idea whose time has come, so prepare to embrace it.

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