Across the Digital Divide

Much of the final day of the World Mobile Congress was spent talking about emerging markets, says Prof. Javier Zamora. We are on transition from connectivity to hyper-connectivity and we are not far off the figure 50 billion interconnected devices. Costs continue to fall and a smart phone that now costs $400 will soon sell for $20. However, only 2 billion of the 7 billion people in the world are connected and this has created a digital divide. Meanwhile, 4G telecoms will be able to work in real time, making it possible to design smart cars and smart cities.

About Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora is currently senior lecturer in the Department of Information Systems. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, and his M.Sc. in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Polit├Ęcnica de Catalunya. He holds also a PDG from IESE.

4 thoughts on “Across the Digital Divide

  1. I think we are actually getting to a point of information or web overload. We have high speed internet for our computer/TV/gaming systems at home. Then web/email/social media at work. Then 4G phones for the time in between. We are hyper connected, but production limited.

    Being a full time IT/electronics professional and a full time student, I don’t have time for the distractions. I’ve turned off everything except just simple cell phone (that is off when working or in class). And web communication is kept at home and only a few times per day depending on time.

  2. With continues advances of wonder 4G Telecoms will make a smart car and smart cities.

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