Infographic – What Will The Internet Be Like in 2020?

What will the Internet be like in 2020? This is an absolutely scary thought as we can see how much the Internet has impacted on our lives already.

I often wonder if the Internet will kill off life as we know it. For example in 2020, will we still be reading real books made from paper? Will we have a newspaper delivered to our door every morning? Will we even bother to go outside and buy anything, when everything will be available at the push of a button?

Will we need to speak to other humans? Where we all become hermits?

Have you ever thought about these things? Who knew that we would be connecting a digital camera to our computers and storing our whole lives digitally? We do not need to fear fire and water damage to our photos because now we are fearing a computer crash.

This Fantastic Info Graphic and predictions are from Intac. Click on the image to see a larger view.
Internet in 2020

This Fantastic Info Graphic and predictions are from Intac.

The Internet in 2020- Predictions We Can Count On

More People Will Use the Internet

In 2010, there are 1.8 billion Internet users and a world population of 6.7 billion. In 2020, it is estimated that there will be five billion Internet users.

The Internet Will be More Geographically Dispersed

The estimated world population in 2009 was 6,767,805,208. The estimated number of Internet users on December 2000 was 360,985,492. The latest data shows the current number of Internet users at 1,802,330,457. The penetration of the Internet into the population is 26.6 percent. The growth of Internet users from 2000 to 2009 was 399.3 percent.

The Internet Will be a Network of Things, Not Computers

Today, the Internet has 575 million host computers. Expect billions of sensors on buildings and bridges to be connected to the Internet by 2020.

The Internet Will Carry Exabytes, Perhaps Zettabytes, of Content

Internet traffic will grow to 44 exabytes per month by 2012, more than double what it is today. The exaflood refers to the rapidly increasing amount of data that is being transferred over the Internet.

The Internet Will be Wireless

The number of mobile broadband subscribers is exploding. The number of mobile subscribers will increase by 85 percent each year for 3G, WiMAX and other higher-speed data networking technologies. There were 257 million subscribers in the second quarter of 2009. There will be 2.5 billion by 2014.

More Services Will Be in the Cloud

Cloud computing is leveraging third-party computing capability over the network to cut costs, increase scale, improve agility and access best practices. Cloud computing will generate more than $45.4 billion in revenue by 2015.

The Internet Will Be Greener

Annual electricity use in the U.S. for the Internet is 235 billion kWH for PCs and monitors, 45 billion kWH for data centers, 67 billion kWH for modems and routers and 0.4 billion kWH for phone networks. In the U.S., it accounts for 9.4 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption. Annual electricity in the world for Internet use is 588 billion kWH for PCs and monitors, 167 billion kWH for modems and routers, 112.5 kWH for data centers and 1 billion kWH for phone networks.

Network Management Will Be More Automated

Lack of built-in network management techniques is one of the biggest weaknesses in today’s Internet. There will be automated ways to self diagnose, track events and reboot systems as well as finer-grained data collection in 2010.

The Internet Won’t Rely on Always-On Connectivity

Researchers are looking into communications techniques that can tolerate delays or can forward communications from one user to another in an opportunistic fashion, particularly for mobile applications. There’s even research going on related to an inter-planetary Internet protocol which would bring a whole new meaning to the idea of delay-tolerant networking.

The Internet Will Attract More Hackers

In 2010, more hackers will be attacking the Internet because more critical infrastructure like the electric grid will be online. Among hacking incidents in 2009, 57 percent were in North America, 23 percent were in Europe, 6 percent were in Asia, 4 percent were in the Middle East, 2 percent were in South America, 2 percent were in Australia and 6 percent were in New Zealand.

In 2007, there were 0.6 million new malicious code threats. In 2008, there were 1.6 million malicious new code threats.


  1. El Digato says

    By the 2050s everything will be digital.

    We’re all going to be the ancients… The oldfags who were ’round before the new age.

    Hell there already are the ancients of the internet. Wink wink 80s and before

    hell when you think about it you look around, information from the 90s is.. rare to put in the simplest terms.

    Hell, now in the 2010s, it’s uncommon to find stuff from 2005 and before.

    Gets you wondering, huh.. In the 2020s, will the stuff that all of us have created still be findable under all the pressure of the more recent information?

    In a millenium, will there even be a trace at all about us?!

    We’re going way too fast. I don’t want to be anti-intellectual at all, but .. We’re evolving way too fast; spirit isn’t ’round no more.

    Before the internet age, people had a lot of spirit. They had a lot of memories to look back on.
    Now most kids don’t even go outside. They won’t have anything to look back on in comparison to before.

    Technological advancement is a requirement for our species, but.. We’re gonna reach a point where we will be more ‘robot’ than human and we won’t have personality.

    • says

      I agree that technology is going too fast! I remember when I used to get my photos developed and put on a cd.. People thought I was crazy to do this.. Now we just hardly get photos developed now days. And you are don’t go outside… I spent my entire childhood outside playing and I knew every other kid in the neighbourhood. I walked to school everyday. Kids don’t even want to walk anywhere now.

      Technology is great but it has some major implications that we cannot turn back! :)

  2. says

    Exabytes and zettabytes? Hadn’t heard of anything over a terabyte before. That’s a lot of data in 2020.

    Amazing that such a high % of people will be connected then.

  3. says

    I love infographics. boring numbers presented in a fun way :)
    The growth in hacking and malicious software is disturbing. And with more important things using the internet, hacking will probably become a more used medium/vehicle for terrorists.

    My expectation is that in 2015 Mainland China will have the same quality of internet (speed, stability, price) as the Netherlands have now. Unless something changes and China decides to put more importance on the internet infrastructure. (Which they should!)

  4. Liane Markus says

    In 2020, the internet will be more reliable and relevant. As a matter of fact, the internet is well utilized at this point of time internet is considered to be one of the most reliable source of information, what more in the future.

  5. says

    Wow Mitz, it is truly amazing how far we have come in the last few years. I am pretty sure, internet is going to turn our world up side down,(if it already hasn’t).

  6. says

    By 2020 information exchanges between people and devices, bots and organizations will be so ambient and seamless that the concept of the The Internet itself will no longer be used in common speech. The Internet will perhaps be a subject of some academic investigation in the same way that language, writing and culture are the domains of academic specialists today. For example, people today never think ‘hey lets solve the problem using language’ or ‘hey did you engage in any cultural forms passed on by tradition yesterday.’ In this same way, people in 2020 will not think about the Internet because it will always be there. The internet will simply be assumed part of the fabric of everyday life and therefore invisible to its users.

    As they say, I don’t know who first came up with the idea of water, but it was not a fish.

  7. Mika Castro says

    I am not surprised that this will surely happen. I think more and more people are getting used to internet connections. What more if the youths in our generation will grow and be part of it.