Monday, July 18, 2011

More devices than people on the net

This is an interesting infographic created by Cisco Systems and recently posted on Giga Om. In 2008 more devices than people were connected to the internet. This is a trend that is only going to grow, as displayed in the infographic.

Recently one of my contacts in corporate Verizon Wireless was describing their plan. Currently in the area I live Verizon Wireless has over 60% penetration rate and I asked how can they expect to grow past that. His answer was that they expect to someday be at 500% penetration.

Instead of just connecting phones to your wireless service Big Red wants to connect everything such as your home's thermostat so that you can control the temperature in your house remotely. Forgot to out the lights? No problem, just pull out your phone and hit the switch.

He also went into describing how Verizon Wireless will be switching to family share data. Instead of data being billed on each individual line it will be billed on the account level as a whole. Account level billing is expected to take effect at the end of 2011 and this may usher in the data share ability. This all ties together with Verizon Wireless hoping to someday bill you $80 for 10gbs of data and have 5 appliances on your wireless account sending/ receiveing data.

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