It is evident that the digital technology and wide use of the internet have made the world a global village. The Internet is replacing the traditional ways of doing things in all sectors. The sectors mostly affected include transport and communication, marketing, social welfare and education. The beginning of the century was a millennium game changer in internet trends. The growth of internet trends is different depending on the GDP level of an economy. The developed nations have almost 90% use of the internet in product and service provision. The emerging markets are at 70% while the developing economies are at 50%.
Currently, over 3 billion people are connected to the internet. The emergence of the mobile internet has enhanced economic growth and development in emerging and developing economies. However, still a bigger percentage of people who have still stuck to the traditional methods of working. The internet has moved many milestones. In 2000 the developing economies introduced GPRS in internet connection, it didn’t pick until 2002 where iPhone introduced cheaper internet connectivity through a mobile phone. The growth of computers from desktops to laptops, to palmtops and currently to tablets and smartphones has increased the use of the internet. The milestones include 2007- the introduction of IPhone in emerging markets, 2007- Appstore introduction, 2009 Blackberry Appstore, 2010- android introduction 2011, mobile broadband introduction, 2014 massive introduction of mobile internet in developing world, 2013- Firefox web browser introduction to mobile phones, in 2015 introduction of smartphones and computers. This trend shows that annually the digital technology introduces a new concept. 2014 saw a massive production of smartphones and Android- based mobile phones increasing wide internet usage.
It has opened businesses for communication devices to meet the daily increase in consumer demands. Mobile phone manufacturing companies are in high competition to meet the demand of the ever-growing mobile businesses and the addition of enhanced features in the mobile technology industry. Internet connectivity infrastructure works day and night to provide business solutions to internet users. It has seen it move from connecting the internet by telephone lines which were inaccessible to the remote parts, it then used satellites to transmit network. Currently, fiber optic technology is the norm for internet connectivity for small, medium and large companies.
Penetration of internet usage in developing world is the ultimate goal of internet service providers. It translates to increased internet usage and software developers can customize their products to meet the market. All electronics and devices are computerized. Their full functioning is directly linked to the internet. Cars, watches, navigation devices, mobile phones are made such that the internet is a basic component.
2015 UN report on internet trends indicate that going forward, internet connectivity will be a basic right for all citizens. Widespread use of the internet has simplified life. Everything you need can be got just by a click of a mouse or button. When you need to import or export a product you can order online, make payments online and wait for shipment while communicating with the transport provider on the status of the shipment.