Future of Connectivity 2020

Generated on 7th November 2010

The internet has finally gone mobile. Today over 300m of us access the web using mobile technology. In 2010 the number of subscribers reaches 1bn, surpassing the number of fixed internet users. In a couple of years the number of mobile broadband connections will be in the order of 4 to 5bn – with the majority of new consumers coming from China and India. By 2020 there may well be as many as 50bn devices connected to each other. These devices will work across different networks which, in turn, will be connected to each other. This global, pervasive connectivity will facilitate new types of services and opportunities for people, industry, and society but it won’t be an easy journey. Delivering this vision is a major commercial and technical challenge for the ICT sector, but on the other hand very exciting.