Through the global pandemic, technology ultimately came through to keep people working.
Whether streaming, emailing, texting or Zooming, new work-at-home converts turned to more and more tech to keep themselves up and running.
Thanks to networking, consumers could switch to new modes of operation.
Just yesterday, Wi-Fi calling increased 94% compared to an average Wednesday, according to the latest network tracking stats from AT&T.
Consumer home voice calling minutes increased 41% and wireless voice minutes increased 32%.
Overall AT& network traffic, including business, home broadband and wireless, increased 22% compared to a similar day at the end of February.
People disconnected from the office physically, but not digitally.
Nearly half (43%) of U.S. households used social media platforms during the last week, according to this week’s tracking report by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).
While shipments of connected devices including wearables, smartphones and tablets are projected to drop over the next several months, the supply ultimately will catch up.
Such devices are taking a back seat in the short term, but other devices like drones and robotic delivery vehicles are being put to innovative new uses.
There is also an opening for the expansion of mobile payments, driven by the move toward contactless payments.
Projects involving self-driving vehicles are being pushed to a much longer-term and uncertain future as businesses get back to a meat-and-potatoes approach.
The new cellular speeds of 5G still are on track to bring major changes to the consumer and business marketplace, just not as soon as originally projected.
The technology will keep moving ahead. The only thing that changes is the timing.