As more transactions take place over the Internet, we will inevitably be more dependent on the speed and resilience of our Internet service provider (ISP) network.
A study by Google found that a 0.5-second drop in connectivity speed caused a 20 per cent drop in Web traffic.
While the new Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) launches promising initiatives such as Smart Nation and remote health-monitoring services, I hope it will also monitor the ISPs on their broadband/4G connectivity strength and availability across Singapore ("New agency to help take S'pore into digital future" and "IMDA helping firms think out of the box using latest tech"; both published last Saturday).
The new agency must manage the risk of ISPs not being able to support our Internet of Things aspirations. For instance, I frequently experience disruption in my broadband/4G connectivity.
I hope IMDA will tell us more about its road map to regulate the resilience and redundancy of our ISPs.
Chiam Sheng Shi