This week marks the silver anniversary of the World Wide Web. It’s 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal to improve communications at the CERN research organisation; a proposal that would eventually lead to the creation of a browsable ‘web’.
This ‘worldwideweb’ was designed to use the internet; a connected network of computers that started in the 1960s when the US military and US-based universities began linking their internal computer systems.
New figures from media agency Mindshare Worldwide show that Thailand has the world’s highest proportion of internet users who aren’t relying on desktop computers.
Just 54% of people in Thailand used a desktop or laptop computer as their main internet device, with 32% using smartphones and 11% on tablets.
But more than half will be carried on WiFi rather than cellular
Cisco’s Visual Networking Index report, which forecasts mobile data traffic for the next four years, anticipates an almost 11-fold increase in global mobile data from 2013 to 2018.
A total of 190 exabytes of data (190 billion gigabytes) is expected to be consumed on mobile devices in 2018; that’s the equivalent of every person on earth streaming a YouTube video clip every day.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has agreed to make radio spectrum available for transport operators to offer faster broadband connections to passengers on aircraft, boats, railway trains and coaches.
Each vehicle could receive a data connection of around 50Mbit/sec, providing more than 10Mbps via WiFi to an individual passenger.
The GSMA has become a member of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), which is committed to reducing the cost of internet access in developing countries.
It means the mobile network trade association will work with A4AI to identify and address policy and regulatory barriers to internet access.