We have begun the digital future entering the second stage of the Infotronics Age, which began with the rapid growth of new service industries and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Revolution in the mid-1960s. This second stage could be termed a hyper digital era, such is the combined power of ICT enhanced with ubiquitous high-speed broadband plus analytics, learning systems, cognitive computing and more.
Broadband is now one of the core economic indicators across the world, and is considered a human right by the United Nations. Superfast broadband of the order of 100+ megabits per second (Mbps) and into the gigaspeed bracket is de rigueur for any nation purporting to be a developed and advancing economy. High-speed broadband has pervasive usefulness that extends across businesses, governments, households and individuals.