The Information Society is a stage in the development of society characterised by the ability of its members (individuals, companies and public administrations) to obtain and share any information instantaneously, from anywhere and in the way they prefer.
This is a new type of society, in which the creation, modification and distribution of information forms an essential part of its economic and social activity. The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) applied to the economy and the production process is considered to be characteristic of this society.
Report on the Digital Society in Spain 2017
In 2017, the number of devices connected worldwide increased more than 30%, surpassing 8.5 billion. There are already more mobile lines than inhabitants on the planet: 103.5 lines per 100 inhabitants. In this global landscape, Spain continues to lead in the deployment of fibre optics to the home, with more subscribers than Germany, the UK, France, and Italy together. These are some of the data from the new report from the Fundación Telefónica, ‘The Digital Society in Spain 2017’, presented on 5 February 2018 in Madrid.
The Digital Society in Spain 2017 report confirms the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution; in other words, a new phase in which technology goes from being a tool for accessing information to becoming a medium that offers customised solutions according to the needs of the user
|MAIN KEYS FROM THE 2017 DIGITAL REPORT IN SPAIN|
|• Someday, my child, all of this will be wifi. In 2017, Spain continues to be a leading country in the deployment of fibre optics to the home, with more subscribers than Germany, the UK, France, and Italy combined.|
|• Your refrigerator has sent a message to the fan. The number of connected devices around the world increased by more than 30% in 2017, surpassing 8.5 billion.|
|• More mobiles than human beings. There are already more mobile lines than inhabitants on the planet. 103.5 lines per 100 inhabitants worldwide.|
|• Online shopping (at last!). E-commerce in Spain grew 20% with respect to the previous year|
|• Sweating is going to end. The year 2017 saw the growth of a phenomenon based on successful multi-player games whose tournaments have turned into live spectacles for crowds: eSports.|
|• Virtual (and professional) baskets and goals. Major brands are betting on eSports. In addition, in 2017 video game competitions made the leap to television.|
|• Bond, I too can be James Bond. In February, at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, Telefónica and Ericsson presented the concept of remote driving of vehicles using 5G|
|• Phones barely speak, but they do everything else. According to the Mobile Web Index, in 2018, 50% of all young people will be Mobile First; in other words, they will spend practically one hundred percent of their network time on a mobile screen. 86% of our young people have a smartphone and use it as a go-to device for instant messaging, social networks, and the consumption of streaming music and videos.|
|• Ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In Spain, the technologies that will lead us to the Cognitive Society (robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Big Data) and Industry 4.0 (Internet of Things, Cyberphysical systems, and SON technologies: Self Organising Network), are progressing by leaps and bounds.|