25th July 2019

2019 marks the 20th year of Wi-Fi

Summary

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!

It is incredible to think about how Wi-Fi has become just as vital for us all… quietly, in the background, without much fuss

Greg Not Head of Managed Services

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:

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.

 

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