It is incredible to think about how Wi-Fi has become just as vital for us all… quietly, in the background, without much fuss
Wi-Fi is something that has pervaded society and become almost a ‘hygiene factor’. Its existence doesn’t excite… but the lack of Wi-Fi? It’s the end of the world as we know it as a wise, bald man once sang!
How many times have you made a decision on booking a hotel, or some other venue, based on whether or not they offered free Wi-Fi? You may even be doing it subconsciously. Maybe, like some people, you have even reached the point where you just assume Wi-Fi is a given. Like plumbed toilet facilities.
“Imagine if trees gave Wi_Fi signals…we would be planting so many trees and we’d probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe”, Tarun Sarathe.
Is this a fair indictment on our unwavering reliance on Wi-Fi? The statistics would seem to suggest it’s pretty close:
- In 2019 there are approximately 362 million Wi-Fi hotspots globally. That is 1 hotspot for every 21 people on the planet! By 2022 that number is expected to rise to 549 million hotspots globally.
- At the end of 2017 there were approximately 9 billionWi-Fi enabled devices in use around the world with an additional 3 billion out there by the time of writing this. That is 1.6 devices for every single person on earth – all 7.53 billion of them!
- Between now and 2024 a further 20 billion Wi-Fi enabled devices are expected to be shipped. The numbers are simply staggering.
Wi-Fi is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and continued improvements and updates to the technology mean it should continue to fill the air around us, keeping us connected, for many years to come.
I have written previously about how technologies such as mobile phones have changed society, but it is incredible to think about how Wi-Fi has become just as vital for us all… quietly, in the background, without much fuss. Happy Birthday Wi-Fi.