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Wireless: The end of the world as we know it

Will wireless Internet access, or WiFi, mean the end of the world as we know it? This is the question Steve Nossel, Intel’s GM for the Africa region, attempted to answer in his opening presentation at Internet Week this morning. Internet Week, which is taking place in Rosebank, sees industry leaders gathering to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the Internet, its development and the way in which it can and will change the way that Africa operates. According to Nossel, there are certain key events that affect and change the world when they come to the fore. These are known as “tipping points”, examples of which are issues such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, or the sudden rise in popularity of the transistor radio. “Convergence will be the driver behind WiFi, because convergence drives mobility. We will soon reach a point where all devices have the ability to compute, and all computers have the ability to communicate,” said Nossel. “WiFi is definitely a tipping point, as it drives so many other factors, like technology growth, productivity and the mobile lifestyle.” Full Story

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