Devices, Devices, Everywhere [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 6, 2011 - 5 Comments

Imagine a world where the number of mobile-connected devices nearly equals the number of people on the planet. It’s closer than you might think, with one forecast calling for 7.1 billion devices accessing the mobile network the by 2015.  It’s not just the mobile network that’s growing.  When you also consider other things (PCs, laptops, tablets, etc.) connecting to the Internet, forecasts jump to 25 billion that same year and to 50 billion by 2020.  This kind of growth will put a tremendous load on networks globally.  But there’s more to it than that. What we really need to prepare for, aside from the sheer number of interactions, is the quality of those interactions.

Why? Let’s take a closer look. The network has to support everyone in the ecosystem, from the enterprise itself to employees and customers. When people go online, they want to use their preferred devices to get there, and they want to share information with anyone, anywhere, and at any time. And, of course, it all needs to happen securely, reliably, and seamlessly.

Having the right infrastructure in place lets IT departments meet all these requirements. They can do more than just keep pace with the number of devices accessing the network — they can deliver better interactions with higher levels of security and reliability. They can address the changing dynamics between employees, the enterprise, and their customers, to meet evolving expectations.

The point is this: it’s not just about scaling the network; it’s about creating an environment that supports the personalized yet secure interactions people have come to expect. And that’s true whether the number of devices is seven hundred or seven billion.

IT departments – time to get ready!

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  1. These are amongst the reasons any small business must be thinking about PR via mobiles apps.

  2. i hope the world is ready for this kind of technological takeover. this wouldn’t be beneficial if the networks are not secure enough for people to feel comfortable using.

    Also, i wonder how the speeds of this mobile devices will be affected when there are so many of them out there.

    • We’ve seen what the impact of device growth has been on carrier networks – but fortunately, carriers are also well aware of this, and are investing in 4G LTE in mobile networks. In the enterprise, 802.11n provides scalable bandwidth to support the demand of these devices.

  3. I have no doubt that the number of network users are growing. However, I do wonder how many in those numbers will be from third world countries. I guess that it will be the IT departments in the most developed countries that will need to gear up. For those in third world countries, I think that they will be more isolated than ever before.

    • Remarkably, wireless mobility has been one of the key technologies that is helping third world countries educate and empower citizens – consider the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project – which brings low cost mobile devices to children in third world countries – but you are right, there is still so much more to do to bring connectivity and information to everyone.