The internet is by far one of the greatest inventions in the world – but the most special thing about the internet is evolution and the ability to unlock innovation.
A core feature of the internet is that its speed makes all of our lives easier and better. The internet would be a super-boring invention if it moved slowly in the 21st century. Video calling, streaming videos, and music playing online casino games would be a hassle, if not for the amazing speed at which the Internet operates.
The evolution of the internet: slow to fast
The internet did not always have speed. Quite the opposite, actually. At the inception of the internet in the late 1960s, the internet was pretty slow and could only be used for sending messages. The average speed at the time was about 56kbps. To put this in context, you’d need an entire day to download a file of 1 GB. Just the thought of such slow internet is cringeworthy.
What’s important to note is that the internet wasn’t available to everyone, only the government and certain institutions like universities had access to the internet. By 1993, the World Wide Web was introduced and managed by telecommunication providers rather than the government. Not long after, the internet reached an incredible upgrade of 145mbps (megabits per second) but most users could only access 56kbps as their maximum transfer rate.
The internet game changed in the 21st century after the introduction of broadband when users were able to access faster internet speed at reasonable rates. Now, 5G makes downloading a 1GB file as easy as eating ice cream.
“FLASH” LIKE SPEED
Just like Flash in Flash, the internet has quickly become the backbone of our society – there’s very little that can be done without the internet. Our need for the internet is intensified because of the speed at which it moves, especially when you have a good connection. Not a lot of people would stream movies often or bother ordering a ride if they had to spend long periods waiting for a page to load or buffer.
Many service providers these days offer upload speeds of about 2mbps and download speeds of 5mbps on a good 4G network and it could be higher depending on the payment plan. This speed makes all of our lives that much easier – even if we don’t always appreciate it.
Long-distance communication, video calls, streaming, hosting podcasts are just so much simpler. Speedy internet is so common these days, we never consider how a slow-internet world would operate. Imagine if the average internet moved at 120kbps, that would mean it would take you about 8 hours to download an 800MB file and high-quality video calls would be quite tasking.
The importance of the “flash” in the internet became much more glaring during the global pandemic when the internet became one of the most important tools in daily interaction, learning, and security. As of March 2020, in the heat of the lockdown, almost half of adults were all socializing virtually thanks to fast network service.
More to come…
Even with the incredible heights of the speed of the internet, it keeps on getting better. Internet connectivity is at an all-time high, but the capacity of the infrastructure used to support the web is nowhere near the bandwidth capacity. In a couple of years with more innovation, the internet could be 300% faster than its highest capacity now – that’d be something to see. Sponsored Post