World Wi-fi Day: Connecting the Unconnected
We live in a rapidly evolving digital world and technology is a major part of everyday life for many of us, we use technology at work, in school and for learning and in our personal lives. However, for those who live in rural, remote or impoverished areas, staying connected is a challenging task. World Wi-fi Day is global initiative set up to help bridge the digital divide and make the internet affordable and accessible to all.
Some of the organizations who have stepped forward in support include Huawei, BT and Intel.
For a lot of us, having no Wi-Fi is a nuisance, it means we can’t check our emails, post on social media or use integrated technologies known as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. But for those who live in developing regions with no access, the digital world is out of reach and as it develops and transforms it only becomes further out of reach.
29% of the population of Delhi is unconnected, with 36% of the population of Sao Paolo also. This alone accounts for almost 10 million people unable to access online tools, in two of the fastest developing countries in the world.
Internet access gives countless people access to resources no matter where they are. Cloud technology was simply an idea 20 years ago but today cloud services and solutions span every continent and industry. So, with the growth in cloud adoption, why is it still inaccessible to some?
The Wireless Broadband Alliance publishes an annual report into the state of connectivity and understands the barriers facing internet adoption. In the 2017 report, it was found that in more mature markets the price tag of internet services is still a barrier to improving connectivity. Lack of spending power, lack of available technology and lack of IT literacy levels are also a factor.
In 2017, there is estimated to be 9 billion internet-enabled devices in use with 3 billion being shipped in a single year. The mobile technology industry was worth an estimated $3.3 trillion in 2016. With such staggering statistics around mobile and internet usage, it is vital for consumers and organizations alike to protect digital assets and devices. Data management and protection is best practice for all and should include, managing the lifecycle of data and having an up to date backup.