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Copper cable networks are dead. The fact that they are still around is just because their funeral keeps being postponed. Meanwhile, a burial of a different kind is happening, as fibre optic cables are rapidly becoming the connection of choice for superfast broadband Internet speeds.Look at your smartphone or tablet. Look at the size of the screen. Consider the things that you can do with your handheld devices. You can make voice calls and video calls, you can stream Netflix and listen to music, you can browse the Internet and order goods...Communication has seen a series of drastic revolutions since the 20th century. The telephone, as pioneered by Bell and Edison, was already widely in use by the time the 1900s rolled along, but up until that point, it required a network of wires in order to allow communication instantly...Science fiction literature, film and television, has long entertained us with the idea of speaking our wishes to a computer, and our electronic servant answering with the requested data or task. At a time when connecting your computer to the internet with a dial-up modem and looking for information on a web search engine was...We live in a world where almost anyone can communicate with anyone across the globe using a portable device that fits in the palm of their hand. Mobile phones are ubiquitous now and have advanced to the point where they combine capabilities that have made several earlier devices obsolete...Digital TV in the UK Digital-tv.co.uk is nothing new. Satellite television has been around for ages, and almost everyone and their neighbour has a satellite dish installed at their home. Sky revolutionized television with their digital pay service, and offers many hours of quality programming...The idea of transmitting voice communication data over wires was first mooted in 1667 when Robert Hooke’s experiments in sound transmission resulted in the string telephone. Many children are still taught the fundamentals of sound waves transmitted through vibrations with this device, which can be made quite simply by attaching...

The future is here. It may seem a bit silly to make such as statement, especially since it’s a phrase that has been bandied about for over a century now. One most often hears it when a sufficiently large number of technological advances fundamentally changs our everyday lives.

Consider this for a moment, what the technological landscape looked like at the beginning of the new millennium? Although it felt like we were on the cusp of a great revolution in technology at that point, televisions were still more square, Internet connections were analogue, and cell phones were rather dumb.

Those three things; television, Internet, and telecommunications, still largely existed as three separate and virtually entirely unconnected entities back then. At the time, there were already talks of convergence of technology, but not even in their wildest dreams would anyone have thought that, within two decades, they would be watching movies and television programmes on their computers and mobile devices, and stream that content over the Internet through services such as Netflix.

The way we communicate, the way we consume information, and the way we are entertained, have all seen a revolution even in just the last few years. There’s no need to buy a newspaper anymore since the news is available online now. As a matter of fact, social media networks have changed the nature of news dissemination and engagement to the point where breaking news lags behind trending hashtags on Twitter. The future is here, and now is already in the past.