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The strain placed on existing networks by rapid adoption is fuelling innovation in this space. Developing markets are taking advantage of the fresh starts to telecommunications infrastructure by focusing on mobile build-outs. Now, most Internet data in China travels through the air, rather than under the ground.
New cross-ocean submarine cables are being laid to ensure the global Internet can cope, including those provided by private enterprise. Digital whispers are turning into a roar.
In the context of the sheer scale of demand and the amount of data passing through these networks, three trends are increasingly in focus:
After years of PowerPoint slides - and jokes - about how the IoT will amount to a fridge ordering milk, the true character and scale of the transformation is becoming clear. Consider the implications of the number of connected devices rising from 8.4 billion in 2017 to 20.4 billion by 2020.
No longer just computers and smartphones, but cars, homes, offices and - yes - fridges are networked. And as interconnectivity grows, enabling further automation and driving more opportunities for well-placed companies, we become ever more reliant on the Internet and its connections.
There are real risks: each additional device offers another opening hackers and cyber-criminals can exploit in order to illegally access networks. Of course, they can get access to valuable data. But they can also interfere with smoke detectors, security systems or medical devices, threatening lives.
This gives cautious CIOs pause before allowing such devices on their networks. Before their firms can fully experience the benefits of IoT, they need to improve their network management, firewalls and hardware integration. To help them - and everyone else - in this, manufacturers are ramping up security in both software and hardware designs.
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