Fast growing data amounts will slow down the internet considerably. If no measures will be taken, we will have to surf the web at dial-up modem speed. (03.12.2007)
| The market research institute Nemertes has caused a sensation with its new study. Analysts think that unless certain steps are taken, in 2010 many users will surf the internet at dial-up modem speed.
Forecasts show that the amount of data grew considerably in the last years and will keep on growing even faster. Due to the quantity of data caused by online videos and music downloads, the internet is threatening with breaking down. In that case, internet users will surf the web with the speed that we used to have at the beginning of the WWW, using a dial-up modem.
Criticism about the study
There are also critical voices that understand this study as an attempt of the USA telecommunication providers to strengthen their position in the debate about the neutrality of the internet. The platform "Save the Internet", among others, supports this point of view. They say that USA telecommunication companies have been questioning the principle of the neutrality of the internet during the last years.
|Big need for investment
Nemertes estimates – only for the USA – a need of investment of 42 to 55 billion dollars, in order to provide the resources to deal with the growing amount of data. The analysts´forecast is about 60 to 70 percent higher than the provider´s investment plans for the near future.
It’s easy to explain such a big amount of data: Only the online video platform YouTube causes a datatraffic of 27 Petabytes, which is 27 million Gigabytes per month. Video conferences and e-learning will cause a considerable increase in data traffic. Also the access to the internet via mobile devices will bring the capacities to their limits.
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|Fast growing data amounts will slow down the internet considerably. If no measures will be taken, we will have to surf the web at dial-up modem speed.|
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