41% of small business owners regularly work from home or another off-site (non-office) location, relying on the Internet, e-mail, remote access and on-line collaboration tools to conduct business, according to a survey by the polling company.
That statistic is neither surprising nor alarming until you also consider the recent report by Nemertes Research, which projects that demand for Internet could outpace available capacity by 2010. In what has been deemed a landmark study, “The Internet Singularity, Delayed: Why Limits in Internet Capacity Will Stifle Innovation on the Web,” estimates that a global infrastructure investment of $137 billion may be required to prevent declines in service.
With the nature and adoption of Internet usage being what it is, that infrastructure investment may only serve to stabilize capacity needs.
2010 and beyond…Rather than fall back to dial-up, which some project will happen, small business owners will likely need to rely even more on the Cellular Internet, face higher broadband prices or who knows, maybe even be subjected to traffic prioritization. PC World’s, James A. Martin, lays out some of the options, advantages and disadvantages of the Cellular Internet in “Mobile Computing: the Cellular Internet.
“The Nemertes study—the first-ever to assess Internet infrastructure and model current/projected traffic patterns independent of one another—indicates that Internet access infrastructure, specifically in North America, will cease to be adequate for supporting demand within the next three to five years.”