Trends in networking and connectivity

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  • Internet connections have become more common. Broadband is now in the majority of UK households, and data access through the mobile network using 3G or 4G data has increased dramatically.
  • More data is available to users for less. Companies are willing to provide "unlimited" data to many users, or set data limits of several gigabytes per month.
  • Internet connections are faster. Broadband connections are commonplace and the average speed of UK broadband in 2014 was 18.7Mbps. The average speed in 2008 was 3.8 Mbps.
  • More data is stored online in cloud services, including photos and documents.
  • More devices are Internet-connected, including smartphones, cars, GPS devices, televisions, DVD players and even lightbulbs and central heating controls.

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