Last month, we asked why wait for proper IT support and validation? This month, we look at three facts you need to know about the Internet.

 The Internet hit 4.3 billion users in 2019

This year, the Internet hit another landmark, clocking in at 4.3 billion users and 56% of the world population.

In 1995, only 1% of the world had a connection. Since then, this number has grown exponentially, with the first billion users reached in 2005, the second billion in 2010, and third billion in 2015.

What’s interesting that Internet users have grown by 82%, or almost 1.7 billion people, from January 2012 to January 2017. That translates to almost 1 million new users each day, or more than 10 new users every second.

60% of Internet use is mobile

In 2014, mobile use of the Internet exceeded PC to use for the first time in history.

The IoT has brought smartwatches, smart thermostats, wearable health devices, 3D printers, and more. With this growing trend of devices connecting to the cloud, it’s easy to see how the average user has three connected mobile devices at any one time.

Growing wearable technology and mobile trends have led to the prediction that there will be 28.5 billion networked devices and connections by 2022.

We’re even more connected than ever with smartphones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, HDTVs, and more, and will continue to be, which makes it no surprise that we’re spending more and more of our time on the web.

There will be 2.8 zettabytes of traffic by 2022

With more data moving to the cloud, and more users connecting with multiple devices, web traffic is blowing up. Annual global IP traffic will reach 4.8 ZB per year by 2022, or 396 exabytes (EB) per month. In 2017, the annual run rate for global IP traffic was 1.5 ZB per year or 122 EB per month.

As of December 2018, there are approximately 1.94 billion websites in the world. Although, the size of the Internet is hard to gauge. In 2014, Google indexed 200 Terabytes of data, which represents only 0.004 percent of the entire Internet. Basically put, the Internet is more than ginormous.

The Internet is a massive and powerful machine, with a seemingly infinite number of users, data, and traffic. Smartphones, tablets, wearables are part of mobile and data trends that bring the power of technology into our hands. With the abilities the Internet brings into your everyday life, how will you use it to your advantage?

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Ryan Richardet


Ryan Richardet is the President of SysGen Solutions Group and is the Chair of Datto's Advisory Board; supporting growth by providing strategic advice based on his experience as an owner of a large IT services provider in Western Canada. Ryan holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University (2016) and a Bachelor of Biological Science with Distinction from the University of Calgary (2008).