In 2015, more than 3 billion people were on the internet, which is more than 700 million people more than 15 years ago. This makes being an internet provider a quite prolific business opportunity. On the other hand, whenever an industry becomes profitable, it also becomes quite competitive. Sure, this puts small providers at a disadvantage, but for an ordinary user, things are quite different. Seeing how everyone fights for their affection, average internet users become the belle of the ball, which means that they get bombarded from all sides with various ‘better’ offers. These offers usually include lower prices, faster connections and bundles of privileges that come along. With this in mind, here are some things we can expect from internet providers in 2017.
Global Broadband Speed
Now, speaking about the global broadband speed can be quite misleading since, after all, we are talking about averages. So, if one person has a beef steak for dinner and the other one eats nothing but potatoes, on average, they are having a restaurant meal every night. In reality, however, one of them is getting badly malnourished. The same thing goes with a broadband speed. Every region has its own standard and of course, some parts of the world have it much better. Still, on a global level, it is expected that average connection speed in 2017 is going to reach 39 Mbps while in 2015, it was 13.9 Mbps. Seeing how we’ve had an increase of over three times in just two years, it would be safe to assume that this improvement is going to be noticeable by everyone.
Every Corner of the World
Now, as we already stated, globally doesn’t reveal much, but the fact that 3G and 4G will reach even some of the remote areas of the planet next year seems quite impressive. For example, it is announced that Gilgit-Baltistan is going to receive the third and fourth generation of internet services in the early 2017. Like any other industry, internet providers abide by the rules of supply and demand. Since in the last year, the number of 3G/4G users in Pakistan doubled, this was an expected move by some. Still, the fact that this will be made possible through the collaboration between Pakistan and China also goes to demonstrate that the internet recognizes no political boundaries.
On the other hand, unless you inhabit this particular region, it might be best to focus more on the bandwidths available to you at home. Getting informed on the price and speeds that local providers have in their offers is the best way for you not to get cheated. Luckily, this isn’t that difficult. For the price, it doesn’t hurt to talk with several providers before making a final decision. As for the speed, if I was in a situation where I wanted to check the speed of internet providers near me, I would probably look for the best online mean to do so. You can never be too careful around these things and you need to ensure that you are always getting your money’s worth.
The best thing about the internet is that it allows you to get informed on the things you wouldn’t otherwise know much about. Ironically, a lot of people use the internet to look for either troubles with their connections or estimations of the future improvements. This is only natural since we just ask for what we are interested in and in 2016, not many things matter more than the future of the internet. To sum it all up, in 2017, we can expect faster internet, better M2M (machine-to-machine) connection and metro IP traffic volume that is much greater than long haul IP traffic. We truly live in an exciting time.