YouTube, Wikipedia, Facebook, smartphones and other "front-end" phenomena truly deserve credit for driving the information revolution. For me, however, this 20-year milestone is a good time to acknowledge the network builders. There's some incredible technological innovation that has gone into creating the networks that can move terabytes of data at the speed of thought.
Following is an infographic charting some of the most significant developments in the technology industry from then to now.
It will be interesting to see what technological advancements we will experience in the next 20 years. In the near term, we can certainly expect to see an increase in mobile broadband, cloud computing and software defined networking. We will also see more machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and a world where networks evolve from supporting person-to-person communications to what Kevin Ashton refers to as the Internet of Things.
The new intelligent, programmable networks of tomorrow will enable a world where many of the tools we use in our everyday lives are communicating with each other on our behalf in order to improve our daily lives.
Anthony McLachlan is vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena Corporation
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