Connecting With Tomorrow’s Technology Today
Another sign of the connecting decade is the large growth in network hubs and routers. This year, household penetration rate for network hubs and routers increased to 30 percent from 22 percent in 2006, which represents one of the fastest growing penetration rates in 2007.
In the mobile electronics market, consumers are also connecting technology devices. Twenty-four percent of U.S. adults expect to own an OE integration product in the next three years, enabling them to connect portable devices like an MP3 player to their vehicle. Technology enthusiasts are even more inclined to integrate technology with their vehicles. On average, they expect to own OE integration capabilities in just the next 1.4 years.
The growth of broadband is facilitating the connecting decade in the U.S. Recent CEA research finds 75 percent of all households with Internet connectivity have broadband. Today, 72 percent of all adults say they regularly access a broadband connection, highlighting the growth of broadband connections in places like offices, coffee shops and libraries. The technology infrastructure built in the 1990s is rapidly working to connect individuals.