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How 15 Years on the Web Has Changed Communication and Collaboration

Posted by Sindi Markette on Tue, Jul 14, 2015
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The Internet has undergone drastic improvements over the last 15 years. Consider what the Internet looked like in the year 2000—a time before the mainstream use of smartphones or terms like “IoT” and “cloud computing” were commonplace.

For instance, did you know that 15 years ago there were only 361 million Internet users who made up just 5.8 percent of the world’s population? Today this percentage has grown exponentially; there are more than 3 billion Internet users and counting, making up 42.7 percent of mankind.

Esna explores this trend and more in its “Evolution of Communications 2000-2015” infographic. Let’s take a look at the state of the Internet in the year 2000 and today in 2015 in order to better understand where connectivity is headed in the years to come:

In 2000: As few as 6.3 percent of U.S. households had a broadband connection—a number that has increased to 80.6 percent to date.  Click to Tweet this stat

In 2015: Sixty percent of households worldwide have Internet access; only 6 percent did in 2000, representing tenfold growth. Click to Tweet this stat

In 2015: Today, over 200 billion emails are sent per day. In 2000, that figure was only 12 billion. Click to Tweet this stat

In 2000: Revenue from mobile data services (i.e., value-added services like ringtones, video and music streaming) in the first half of the year totaled $105 million. Flash forward 15 years and this total is more than 40 times greater ($453 billion), due to the proliferation of mobile applications. 

Around 2015: An incredible 561 billion text messages were sent worldwide within the month of June 2014 alone. In the month of June 2000, only 12 million texts were sent. Click to Tweet this stat

In the year 2000—seven years before the very first iPhone would be publically released—cell phones were rarely seen. Today, in 2015, the average person owns nearly three Internet-connected devices. Technology has clearly made significant strides over the last 15 years, but the advances are far from slowing down, especially when it comes to the impact that technology has within the enterprise.

How 15 Years on the Web Has Changed Communication and Collaboration  |

To learn more about the evolution of communications throughout the last 15 years, as well as to take a peek at the next evolution in communication—communication-enabled business applications—click here to view our new infographic in full.


Topics: collaboration stats, Infographics, embedded communications

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