What will the internet be like for the next billion users? (infographic)

16 Jul 2014

Image via Anton Balazh/Shutterstock

With estimates forecasting that another 1bn users will be online by 2017, this infographic examines global connectivity in terms of the changes already indicated by growing trends.

Internet giants such as Facebook and Google are focused on connecting the next billion internet users and it seems it’s not so much a case of if they succeed as when they will succeed.

This infographic from Irish Telecom looks ahead to a time when more than half of the world’s population is connected to the internet, which, if trends continue, will be highly mobile and focused on wearable tech, from smart watches to smart glasses.

As of January this year, mobile penetration reached more than 100pc in many regions around the world – including parts of the developing world. As fast as mobile connectivity has increased in the past decade, wearable tech seems to be on a similar trajectory, with sales projected to reach 111.9m by 2018.

Global connectivity infographic by Irish Telecom

Main connected world image by Anton Balazh via Shutterstock

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.