The Internet has been around 40 years and in those early years the big breakthrough was the development of basic email. This was the humble beginning of global communication. Now we take it for granted but at the time it was revolutionary.
Coming into the 90’s we moved into the dial-up connection era... from those beginnings grew what is the most important technological breakthrough in human history.
We know how making a connection via telephone dial-up was quite slow. Connection speeds of 56k were the common speeds sold by Telecoms companies. In such circumstances, downloading anything beyond text was a tortuous process. Given optimum connection speed, a single song of minimal audio quality (3.5MB) could be downloaded in around ten minutes. And remember since all quoted speeds were not guaranteed, the actual duration might stretch to 30 minutes or even a matter of hours. Thus full-speed movie downloads took 28 hours, and low-speed downloads between three and five days – provided you were happy with a low-quality version
Leaving aside the poor speeds, a dial-up connection also completely monopolised a telephone line. Simultaneous online surfing and normal telephone communication was just not possible over one single line. As a result, people were forced to either accept enormous inconvenience or invest in a costly extra line.
Now that same 8Mb connection (which is probably the slowest connection you can get now) is nearly 25 times faster.
Start going into the area of 100mb and you begin to see its literally going from the dark ages into the modern era. All this has happened in less than one generation.
Then Broadband arrives and the internet is ready to satisfy the needs of a new generation who want every bit of information. Now the technology has continued to advance we take it for granted that using our phones and the internet at the same time is normal.
Using modern broadband technology, a single line can carry both Internet and telephone data signals, thus faster speeds and simultaneous use is now a reality.
The arrival of broadband networks allowed much faster downloading of files, audio, and even TV programmes and movies. All this gave rise to a whole host of new media content and super structures becoming available online.
Amazon, YouTube E bay and everyone of established online brands & e-commerce player’s couldn’t have existed on the previous Dial-up system.
As with most technological innovations, broadband was expensive at the start, and so slow to require off. However, with the arrival of a a lot of competitive pricing structure, broadband & internet service suppliers competition began in areas like providing unlimited broadband deals and.
Now that dial-up has been consigned to history, and therefore the market isn't any longer monopolized by a couple of major players, Irish customers have the favorable position and will benefit of some highly competitive offers.
New broadband technology continues to emerge: 3G broadband development has brought reliable mobile connections, while new cable systems promise superb broadband speeds approaching 200Mb.
In 2013, Ireland’s initial 4G network was introduced and appears set to revolutionize mobile broadband by delivering new performance standards rivaling fixed-line applications.