by Roch Labelle
In the spirit of a New Year and new beginnings, the e-business World may be facing enormous changes within the next decade. There are currently more than one billion Internet users worldwide and this number will soon double. Now, how will this affect networks, technology, software and e-commerce?
The majority of the growth will come from the developing world. China is already the second-largest-Internet-using country and will surpass the current leader (U.S.) before 2010. Other countries that will experience tremendous growth are India, Brazil and the African continent. The main challenges are that most new Internet users will not speak English which will lead to increased pressure to accommodate different languages. Furthermore, many new Internet users may have different views on sensitive issues such as online free speech, privacy, and copyright.
An added dimension is that the next billion may use different technology to access the Internet such as the XO laptop that uses open-source operating systems and software. Widespread broadband may be too expensive for developing regions so wireless and satellite-based connectivity will be relied upon by several million users. Users of these mobile devices may experience slower speeds of access and force e-commerce sites to adapt to a changing marketplace.
So, where does your business fit in all this? Will you have to make any changes to your e-commerce site and service offering to increase your global competitiveness?
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