Analyst house IDC expects to see Internet users to reach 2.7 billion by 2015 which represents over 40 per cent of the world’s population and nearly a billion more users than in 2010.
2. Fast opportunities
With high-capacity networks becoming available, in particular 100G for the research and education community, we are opening the doors to fascinating and sometimes life-changing applications
3. Long distance learning
The Open University in the Netherlands uses an electronic learning environment to connect 22,000 students from their homes
4. Universal connectivity
The Large Hadron Collider produces about 15 petabytes of data a year. Scientists from 34 countries are using it to study the building blocks of the universe
5. Little but often
High frequency trading accounts for 75 per cent of US equity trading. Just one millisecond advantage can gain $100 million in financial transactions over a year
6. Remote doctoring
100,000 patients in the Chinese province of Shandong are using remote health monitoring devices taht record and share information with healthcare providers
7. No longer 3rd place
Developing countries are also using high bandwidth technology to leapfrog conventional systems still used in the Northern Hemisphere.
8. New Earth order
Last year streamed entertainment accounted for about half the bandwidth consumed in the US. In South America, data from a Very Large Telescope array about extrasolar planets is shared in real time with connected research centres around the world
9. Digital class
In Africa, $3bn was invested in submarine networks during 2010-2012.
By 2014 digital materials in Korean elementary schools will replace books.
10. Video rules
By 2015, video streaming is expected to surpass web traffic
11. Fast bucks
Revenue from 100G networks will reach $1bn by 2013 and $2bn by 2015