The year is 2001. Alas, videoconferencing hasn't replaced the home phone (and neither Dave nor Hal have embarked on a manned mission to Jupiter). Instead 2G wireless networks, running at 0.006 MB/second, are the best Earth has to offer. Fast forward one decade and 4G LTE networks are the rage, promising speeds of up to 100 Mbps (and reliably delivering on average 7-9 Mbps). This is just one of the stats that document the amazing decade in the U.S. wireless industry put together by services provider Nexius to celebrate its 10-year anniversary.
The company crafted an infographic that shows staggering growth in the last ten years. [PDF].
Here are a few snapshots:
Nokia fell from mighty heights into Microsoft's arms.
You need less imagination to see a snake with today's realistic graphics.
But wait, there's more ...
What will the next decade bring? 1G speeds? Smartphones replacing laptops altogether (aka the Motorola Atrix model)? Devices becoming part smartphone, part TV, part high-performance gaming device? (Wait, we have that already.) As for Jupiter, Google Earth already covers it, but manned spacecraft driving directions and traffic information would be nice.
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