Evolution of Digital in Comms & Networks

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    1995
    • Most internet connection happens over phone lines
    • 2G allows 50kbps speeds
    • Text messaging taking off
  • 2000
    • “Web phone” enables users to check email and make phone calls from single device
    • 3G available on devices with 2Mbps speeds
  • 2005
    • “Web to go” and voice dialing on TVs, phones etc
    • Google acquires Android
    • Apple launches iPhone in 2007
  • 2010
    • 4G allows greater speeds up to 400Mbps
    • IoT beginning to gain traction
    • Swype invented (dragging fingers across letters to form words)
  • 2015
    • Rise of cloud computing makes communications faster & more reliable
    • Facebook acquires WhatsApp
  • 2020
    • 5G officially becomes a reality
    • RCS rolled out across major US carriers
    • Supply chain improved with better connectivity
  • 2025
    • Augmented / Virtual reality
    • Connected hospitals
    • 6G
    • Wi-Fi 6
    • Low-earth orbit
    • LPWAN, Fiber, Short range