The internet is always going through changes, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, these changes happened faster than ever. Between advancing technologies, social distancing and all attempts made to flatten the curve, the internet has been an integral part of us all keeping our sanity. It has entertained us, kept us in touch with family and provided the opportunity to work anywhere in the world. Here’s five things that have been making the internet better for everyone in 2021 and vice versa. Let’s dive in!
1. The Next Generation Of Wi-Fi Is Here
If you have been in the market for a new router lately, you probably have gotten the memo that the new generation of Wi-Fi is here; Wi-Fi 6 otherwise known as 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 6 is making the internet better specially if your internet provider is providing high-speed internet and by improving Wi-Fi speeds including delivering gigabit over Wi-Fi, delivering extremely low latency, is subject to less interference and can handle more internet enabled devices than ever before. If you’re looking to upgrade or replace your router anytime soon, purchasing a Wi-Fi 6 device is the smartest option.
2. 5G Is Going Nationwide
5G, the fifth and newest generation technology standard for cellular networks is quickly going nationwide. All major cellular carriers have it including T-Mobile, Verizon with their 5G Ultra Wideband network, AT&T with their 5G+ network and many MVNOs. 5G is just at it’s beginning stages, but it’s significantly faster than 4G home internet already. It’s estimated that 5G can deliver speeds up to 20 gigabits per second at its peak. At these speeds, it’ll make doing what you love online and staying connected that much easier.
3. Remote Work Is Here To Stay For Many
The COVID-19 pandemic made millions of people start working from home. Since then, the benefits have clearly outweighed tradition. Businesses are saving money on office space and overhead, while employees get to cut out commute times and work comfortably. Offices all across the country are closing in favor of remote work. The internet and open minds everywhere are making this possible right now.
4. Video Calling Has Gone Mainstream
Video calling has been around for years, but it’s reached a new level of popularity in the past couple years. The COVID-19 pandemic has made video calling mainstream out of necessity to see friends and relatives during lockdowns, quarantines and social distancing. Even seniors who tend to not be tech savvy have jumped at this new trend to see their kids and grandkids while they stay at home safely.
5. Movies Hitting Theaters & Streaming Devices Simultaneously
Another COVID-19 pandemic after effect is how we’re watching newly released movies. As theaters everywhere are finally starting to open up, not everyone feels comfortable watching them in theaters safely. The internet is bringing a better option for those who still wish to stay away from large crowds, but still watch new movies by streaming. Streaming services like HBO Max and Dish TV released The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It on their service at the same time as theaters. Even Disney+ jumped in on the fun as their fans grew increasingly impatient and released their newest version of Mulan via their service without a theater release.