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Published on October 29th, 2014 | by admin

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Happy International Internet Day!

It’s 45 years to the day that American engineer and computer scientist Leonard Kleinrock first utilised what we understand to be the internet.

Since 2005, the anniversary of the first usage of the internet has been celebrated on International Internet Day and regarded as a significant day in the history of telecommunications and technology.

Professor Kleinrock dispatched the first electronic message to pass over the Internet from his lab in Los Angeles on October 29, 1969.

The internet originated from the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) which was one of the world’s first packet switching networks.

First earmarked for military use, packet switching networks group all transmitted data together in the same way that the internet has gone onto do.

And from these humble beginnings, the internet has become an integral part of daily life as some key facts and figures we’ve recently found published by the office for National Statistics certainly confirm:

  • In 2014, 38 million adults (76%) in Great Britain accessed the Internet every day, 21 million more than in 2006
  • In 2014, 74% of all adults bought goods or services online, up from 53% in 2008
  • In Great Britain, 22 million households (84%) had Internet access in 2014, up from 57% in 2006
  • Fixed broadband Internet connections were used by 91% of households

The internet has, and continues to transform the way we purchase goods, including stationery and office supplies. As a result, one in seven shops are currently empty on the High Street, a far cry from years gone by.

In particular, the growth in mobile internet is startling following the launch of UK’s first 4G network in October 2012.

Access to the Internet using a mobile phone more than doubled between 2010 and 2014, from 24% to 58% so watch this space!

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