Jim Cicconi, the vice president of legislative affairs at AT&T, claims that the Internet's current network architecture "will reach the limits of its capacity by 2010" if no additional investments are made.
Cicconi, who was speaking at the event as part of a wider series of meetings with U.K. government officials, said that at least $55 billion worth of investment was needed in new infrastructure in the next three years in the U.S. alone, with the figure rising to $130 billion to improve the network worldwide. "We are going to be butting up against the physical capacity of the Internet by 2010," he said.
The crux of the issue appears to be the proliferation of broadband connections that will drive an "unprecedented wave of broadband traffic." Topping the chart would be demand for high-definition video putting increasing strain on the Internet's infrastructure.
Now, this is not the first time that such a topic has been brought up. What cannot be denied however, is that the face of the Internet is constantly evolving. Now, I recently reported on a survey showing that the majority of SMBs have more than one business location.
The question I want to pose is whether your company utilizes the Internet for communication between various business branches. Will any deteriorating in access speed have adverse effect?
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.