New technologies which may shut down wifi/mobile connection

One of the most exciting and most important technologies in the modern world is the internet. The internet has made our lives easier in ways that humans did not think were possible a century ago. Much as the internet has helped us make huge strides in technology and our daily lives, it is estimated that only 40 percent of people around the globe have internet access. WI-FI and mobile connection are the fastest ways to access the internet, with mobile connection being the most used mode of access in developing countries.

Since internet connectivity is vital to most operations in the modern world, new technologies are emerging to connect the world to faster and better service. These technologies offer high speeds, are more reliable than WI-FI and mobile connection, and can get you connected to the internet from remote locations. Due to their effectiveness, these new technologies may be the end of Wi-Fi/mobile connection. Discussed below are the new technologies which may shut down Wi-Fi/mobile connection.

 

Air drones

Giant soaring air drones will be providing internet connection across the globe in the future. Unlike Wi-Fi or mobile connection, these air drones will make the internet available to people in the remotest of areas in the world. Has any company expressed interest in developing air drones? The answer is yes!

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, expressed interest in using air drones to make internet connectivity accessible in the world over. In June 2016, Connectivity Lab, which is owned by Facebook, launched a solar-powered test drone that had a wingspan similar to that of Boeing 747. Though that drone was not equipped with internet technology at the time, it served as a great test, giving useful insights to the team at Connectivity Lab on how they use the air drone innovation to keep the world connected. In future, you can expect to access the internet using drone technology, which is much faster than WI-FI or mobile connection.

 

LI-FI

In 2016, a startup company in France took the world by storm when it developed wireless internet technology that provides internet access from LED light bulbs. This technology is known as LI-FI. That said, the French startup did not coin the term LI-FI. This term was first used by Harald Haas during a 2011 TED talk, meaning that it was already an idea that was being worked on.

LI-FI is short for light fidelity, which refers to wireless communication technology, which uses light to transmit data between devices. It works by exploiting the flicker rate of LED bulbs, which is invisible to the naked eye and much faster than the radio frequencies that wireless connection uses. This technology, due to the high-speed flicker rate it utilizes, is said to be 100 times faster than WI-FI and mobile connection. Such speed can be used to realize some of the future inventions that require high-speed internet such as seamless IoT in businesses and homes.

One of the downsides of LI-FI is that it requires light and cannot pass through walls, unlike WI-FI. Despite this disadvantage, the LI-FI market has experienced an 82% growth rate from 2013 to 2018. The market is estimated to be worth $6billion per year but is the reserve of a niche market for technological evaluation.

 

Beaming balloons

Even before Facebook thought of solar-powered air drones to provide internet access, Google was already working on a similar project that utilizes high-altitude balloons, placed in the stratosphere,  that are equipped with the internet. This project, dubbed Project Loon, could be the future of internet connectivity.

Unlike WI-FI and mobile connection, Project Loon beaming balloons have made internet connectivity a reality in rural and remote areas in Africa and Southeast Asia. Since its introduction in 2013, the beaming balloon project continues to its internet beaming technology, and there is hope that it could help fill the gaps in the data coverage map.

 

Low floating satellites

In 2015, the electronic company Samsung proposed a big idea that could help connect the whole world to high-speed internet. The company proposed a global placement of 4,600 satellites floating low on earth’s orbit to help beam up to 1 zettabyte, the equivalent of 1 trillion gigabytes, every month. Samsung, explaining its idea to the public, said that flying satellites closer to earth would provide global access to the internet at speeds that we are already accustomed to. Currently, the company has not acted on this idea, but who knows what the future holds?

MIT’s faster WI-FI

In 2016, researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab a technology that utilizes multiple transmitters and receivers to relay data simultaneously. The technology, known as MegaMIMO 2.0, is similar to WI-FI but is 330 percent faster and twice the bandwidth of the current WI-FI technology. In future, this technology could allow us to access the internet at speeds we never deemed possible and also help address spectrum crunch by relaying data differently, hence, preventing backups and congestion on the network.

When it comes to internet distribution and connectivity, the possibilities are endless. The future looks promising, and you should look forward to having more options to access the internet, than just WI-FI and mobile connection. With the current innovations and the ideas being floated in the tech industry, it is possible that WI-FI and mobile connection will be a thing of the past as faster and more reliable modes of internet access are developed.