The internet's future

Business Daily talks to the father of the internet, Vint Cerf. He tells us that three-quarters of people in the world will be able to get online in the next 3 years.

But how good are connections and will the system get overloaded - could the internet become unreliable?

To discuss how far can the broadband revolution go, Lesley Curwen asked the man known as the father of the internet, the big daddy himself, Vint Cerf.

Dr Vinton Cerf is the American computer scientist who, with his colleague Robert Kahn, designed something called TCP / IP protocols, back in the 1970s.

Put simply, this provided the basic messaging framework which allows different computer networks to talk to each other, and that paved the way for the creation of the World Wide Web.

Since 2005, Vint Cerf has been at Google, with the amazing job title, Chief Internet Evangelist. Lesley asked him, how he thought the whole project had gone.

So is the Internet a limitless resource or - are there boundaries to the capacity of cyberspace?

It's true as we've heard that the pipework for carrying data around the world keeps on growing, but the trouble is the appetite of businesses and consumers for devouring on-line services is expanding even faster.

More and more of us are working on-line, and using websites which offer sound and video rather than just text; they require the transfer of huge amounts of information through the existing pipework, which can cause overload.

One report from an American research firm called Nemertes has suggested that demand will begin to exceed supply, perhaps from as early as next year, causing the internet to become unreliable - a scary prospect for business.

Ted Ritter is the analyst who wrote the report - we asked him what kind of effects there'll be.

18 minutes

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Wed 27 May 2009 07:32 GMT

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