When we think of the evolution of a product or service, we think of the end-user experience; accessibility, aesthetics, usability, and interactivity. When we think about the evolution of mobility or mobility technology, we always think of front-end development aspects in devices and applications that make up the user experience. Behind all of the advancements in mobile technology and the gratifying user experiences is the nucleus that facilitates its processes; Connectivity. Being that its progression is impelled by user demands, growth in connectivity has fostered the convenience and interactivity that we’ve grown accustomed to in our daily lives.
In the mid-’90s, the internet was driven by a dial-up connection which occupied telephone lines with 56kbps connection speed. When connectivity and the internet were still in its infancy stages, dial-up connections were capable of handling user demands but became hastily outdated. Soon after dial-up connections, DSL also known as Digital Subscriber Lines were introduced. Similar to dial-up, a DSL connection required a telephone line to transmit data. As with older connections, user demands required more then became the conception of cable internet. A cable internet connection offered faster speeds than DSL and dial-up and has evolved over the years to become one of the most popular personal internet connectivity options.
In today’s world, a high-speed cellular connection and wireless fidelity is also known as Wi-Fi make present-day integration of mobility technology possible. In sports, high-speed connectivity aids in the delivery of some of the most sought-after content. Sports teams are incorporating connectivity options in their newly built arenas or upgrading their connection to allow fans to connect to their Wi-Fi. The in-arena experience has evolved in the past 2 years where sports teams are building their fan experiences around connectivity.
Subtle changes in connectivity have broadened the capabilities of wireless devices, computers and even wearable technology.
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