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Future of the Net by: Leslie Bunder
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Israeli business magazine TheMarker hosted 'COM.vention', a conference earlier this month looking at what the future has in store for the internet both in Israel as well as across the world.

With Israeli technology being at the cutting edge of internet development especially in the areas of online gaming and mobile telephones, the internet is looking to be about video and accessing it anytime, anyplace.

"This is the year of the video," said Udi Milner, chief executive of the ONE sports site. "The Internet and advanced cellular are getting closer and closer, and the day is not far off when we will be able to consume Internet from anywhere and that is the future."

One speaker commented that the ups and downs that many people experience with the stability of the internet is likely to continue.

"By 2010 we will have a more secure and more stable Internet than we have today," said Avi Gabai of Israeli telecoms giant Bezeq International. "The main thing that hampers surfers is the upload speed. Usually there is no difference in surfing at 1.5 megabits or 2 megabits, but the bottleneck is in the upload speed," UPI reported from the conference.

But despite all the technological advances, Israeli businesses have not fully taken to internet themselves. "In Israel today there are approximately 200,000 small businesses and 10,000 exporters, most of which have still not created for themselves a digital identity," said Google Israel chief executive Meir Brand. "Compared to the States, we in Israel are still back in the year 2000," he added.



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