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BLOG: The 40th anniversary of Ethernet

Henry Bohannon | May 20, 2013
Ethernet is connecting the far corners of the world, bringing us all closer than ever before.

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Over the past 40 years, Ethernet has completely changed the way we communicate, having a profound impact on the global economy.

Initially, Ethernet was as simple as a cable connecting a group of computers to a printer. It slowly evolved, connecting a small network of computers before becoming what it is today - supporting a global network of computers whose data is stored and easily accessible within the cloud. Today, Ethernet is connecting the far corners of the world, bringing us all closer than ever before.

Ethernet is a high capacity traffic cop, ensuring data, video and information is routing to available lanes. It's a plumber opening up new pipes for water to move through; and because of this plumbing, businesses have been built online. Vast social media sites have come to define our lifestyle and through online financial trading, millionaires have been made.

Superfast communications

So what does the future hold for the Ethernet? I believe that Ethernet will enable mobile operators to make the most of the next generation superfast 4G and 5G communications. The use of Ethernet in the mobile backhaul from the cell towers to the central network opens the door to more streaming video and video calling, delivering speedier and buffer free access to live broadcasts on your smartphone or tablet.  

When we look back at how far we've come since 1973, I'm excited about the infinite possibilities of Ethernet that have not yet been realised. Over the next 40 years, Ethernet will make us even more connected than we are today, continuing to drive the growth of the digital economy in both developed and emerging markets.

Henry Bohannon is senior director, head of Ethernet Product Management, Tata Communications

 

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