There is a world population of around 6.7 billion people and approximately 1.7 billion of those are internet users. However, over the next decade or so, that figure is set to soar dramatically. By 2020, more people will have access to the internet and the National Science Foundation forecasts that there will be almost 5 billion internet users by then.
And that’s not the only predicted development for the net…
North America is said to have a penetration rate of approximately 74.2%, in comparison Africa currently has a penetration rate of 6.8%, Asia has a rate of 19.4% and the Middle East has a rate of 28.3%. The growth of the internet over the next ten years will mostly occur in developing countries.
Nowadays, you can access the internet on a variety of devices, not just the classic computer. Although there are around 575 million host computers, it is expected that in the future there will be billions of sensors on buildings and bridges that connect to the internet for purposes including security management and electricity. By 2020, the amount of internet-connected sensors will supposedly heavily outweigh the amount of internet users.
The vast changes aren’t just happening over the next decade, by next year it is predicted that 2.5 billion people over the world will subscribe to the internet via mobile broadband.
The internet could not carry on consuming as much energy as it does today and the architecture of the internet in the future needs to be much more energy efficient. As energy prices rise, a ‘greener’ internet will be developed.
Ads pay for the internet, and although they are currently seen as intrusive and annoying, we will see quite a positive change over the coming years. Although there will be more, it is predicted that they will be much more relevant and useful to us as they will reflect the things that we care about, individually. One-to-one ads will come at a premium however, because they are better targeted.
And it’s not just the amount of ads that will increase, the amount of hackers attacking the internet by 2020 will reach an all-time high. By then, the internet will attract more hackers because there will be much more important information available via the internet. As time changes, the government and corporations may have to transfer systems and information online. However, with the growth of malicious threats and access, we are also bound to see huge development with internet protection systems.