28 July 2006
Thanks to broadband, IP has in the last few years become an indispensable utility, available in any building and increasingly on the street.
It’s a networking protocol originally developed by the US military, adopted by the computer industry and which has trumped frame relay, ATM and everything else dreamed up by telcos to become the world’s favorite networking standard.
Ask a network engineer what comes after IP and you’ll get a blank look. Which is why it’s like electricity – IP is the transport engine for digital data and will be for a long time into the future.