The advent of technology offers so many possibilities for the world, but undoubtedly one of the best is the fact that it allows us to be so well connected. As we continue to work with and develop it, the availability of such technology becomes greater, and the costs tend to fall as the systems and materials are produced more frequently, which allows for a greater expansion of communications systems across the world. Now, it is the turn of the developing countries to push forward with their plans.
In what may be considered the first world by many, viable telecommunications systems are ubiquitous and allow for entire countries to be connected to each other, available to converse at a moment’s notice. However, this is by no means the case globally and many countries have not yet managed to develop such capabilities.
Many of the countries that do not currently have established access to workable telecommunications across the nation are often those that have struggled with war, famine and political instability over the last few decades. When such strife is the main occupation of concern for many, fixing connectivity can become less of an instant and serious issue.
While such issues may be preventing countrywide rollouts of such technology, it would be fair to say that once they are in place they could play a big part in preventing the problems stopping them being built in the first place, and can therefore help developing countries to push on and progress using these tools in the future.
There are no doubt a number of ways to address these issues, and particular strategies will depend on who happens to be aiming to fix it. Richer countries for example, are likely to wish to partner up with those looking to build up telecommunication systems as they can provide expertise at the same time as having a foot in the door for future business ventures; allowing expansion into international markets.
Such a promise often leads to investment in these places where it is considered that by helping to put something in place, further developments will happen. This can create even more investor confidence and help these developments remain stable.
For the developing countries it is unlikely that pumping in lots of cash to allay the problem will be a working situation, which is where new technology can provide creative solutions to these issues without breaking the bank.
One such exciting technology is the Internet of things, a term that encompasses each connectable device that can send data back and forth to other devices. Indeed, the developing world is expected to play a massive part in this over the next five years, helping to create a new communication infrastructure worldwide.
Many developing countries are looking to build their telecommunications systems up at present, and such innovations as the internet of things will help push this forward. In Afghanistan for example, great work is being done by people such as Ehsanollah Bayat, who has been instrumental in bringing communities together and instigating projects across the nation to help rebuild it after many years of war. As having a working telecommunications system can really help bring all of the other developing aspects together, the work Bayat and those involved are doing can hopefully play a key role in continuing this impressive development of the country.
As technology evolves it is usually created by people with the end users in mind. Improving communications technology has already shown its capabilities to us over the last few decades, and it will be exciting to see what path it takes in the future, leading to even more benefits worldwide.