29th October Marks 51 Years Since The First Operational Test Of The Internet

This Thursday marks the International Internet Day, which commemorates the 51 years since the first successful connection test of Arpanet took place in Stanford (United States).

This 2020, with the confinement measures imposed in several countries of the world to face the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internet has shown how important it is both for the daily work and for the personal lives of users, since many do so. They have used it for teleworking, leisure and online training.

Due to the pandemic, digital data traffic is reaching world records, a trend that will continue in the future.

By 2023, the number of active Internet users is expected to reach 5.3 billion people worldwide, which corresponds to 66% of the world’s population, according to the Cisco Systems Annual Internet Report.

In addition, for the same year it is expected that about 75% of Internet traffic will come from home users, according to the report.

For this reason, mobile and fixed networks must make great strides in the coming years to handle anticipated data throughput.

Likewise, it will be necessary to improve the quality of the network in the public and private spheres, since current trends, such as teleworking or distance education, make home networks continually face new challenges, according to the Devolo company, specialized in Powerline adapters.

51 years of the Internet

All this was unthinkable on October 29, 1969, the date on which the first test of operation of the Internet was carried out and for which now every October 29 is International Internet Day.

51 years ago the first message was sent over the Internet with the aim of connecting the University of California with the Stanford Research Institute, in the United States.

This required two attempts, since the first one lost the connection just after entering two letters, specifically ‘Lo’, so this became the first message sent over the Internet.

A few minutes later, the error was resolved and the entire word ‘Login’ could be successfully sent.

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