Modern WiFi technology has come a very long way in a relatively short time, and while that’s been great for productivity, it’s also meant that a lot of people have had to do a lot of catching up fast. In 2023, the race for better internet is still well and truly on and, for anyone running a business, the need for a stable connection has never been more important.
In this article, we’d like to take a look at how the last few decades of technological advancement have drastically improved the quality of modern WiFi and why some people still don’t see the full effect.
In the relatively short history of internet infrastructure, there have been three major milestones. The first was the early days of ‘dial-up’, when an internet connection required a modem and a phone line. Famously slow and clunky, dial-up internet was nonetheless a starting point to great things, and by the early 2000s, internet users were quickly switching over to broadband.
Broadband was faster and better in almost every way and facilitated much of the building blocks of the modern internet. By comparison, the jump to fibre optic broadband was far less eventful, but still vitally important, giving us fast, functioning internet.
It’s worth noting that, in many ways, fibre optic wasn’t a new technology. In fact, fibre optic wires were first invented all the way back in the ‘60s and, in reality, the only thing that held back the advance to fibre optic broadband was need.
In the world of modern WiFi it may seem strange to think that anyone ever thought of settling for less than maximum bandwidth, but the truth is that early broadband was such a leap from dial-up that, when the infrastructure was laid in, the idea of building it with faster, but also far more expensive fibre optic cable, just wasn’t on the table.
Great though all of these developments are, modern WiFi still has a hurdle to climb. While almost all of the UK has now finally made the switch over to fibre optic, some areas are still faster than others due to a variety of complicated factors. The long and the short of it is that if you live in London then your WiFi speeds are probably still slower than the rest of the country and, until the infrastructure can be improved, that problem is likely to continue for years to come.
That being said, there are a number of ways you can make the most of your London WiFi, and to find out more, contact us at Smart Wireless today!