By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW Chairman & CEO
A new study commissioned by product management training company Product Focus and conducted in the United Kingdom reveals that Wi-Fi is quite simply ‘the best invention of the past 25 years’. Some 2,000 adult residents of the U.K. were asked during the survey. The smartphone came in second.
Ever wonder what invention has impacted peoples lives the most in the course of the past 25 years? If you guessed ‘the Internet’ – then you would be close. The answer – at least among adults in the United Kingdom – is Wi-Fi, says the product management training company, Product Focus.
All of 48% of respondents chose Wi-Fi as the most impactful invention, while 41% chose the smartphone. Interestingly, online banking came in third. It is tempting to conclude that Wi-Fi has become practically synonymous with the World Wide Web itself even though of course technically Wi-Fi is simply the radio access technology we use to connect to it (most of the time).
Last year a study by the Wi-Fi Alliance concluded that the current global economic surplus value of Wi-Fi is close to two trillion dollars and on track to grow to a whopping $3.47 trillion by 2023. Wi-Fi’s growth trajectory is likely to continue in the coming years now that substantially more spectrum will likely be made available for Wi-Fi within a year or two in both the US and Europe.
The survey elected Steve Jobs ‘most visionary inventor’ of the past 25 years followed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Mark Zuckerberg. Coincidentally: At Wi-Fi NOW we subscribe to the view that Steve Jobs had a great deal to do with the beginnings of Wi-Fi as we know it today – read more here.
Online search (meaning the Google search engine) came in as the fourth-best invention, Amazon online shopping came in fifth, while Facebook only landed in the nineteenth spot. The thing that most people would like someone to invent is flying cars. So how about it, Elon? 🙂
Above illustration courtesy Product Focus.