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 Communication has been in existence since the first groups of men walked the earth, as an integral part of our culture and the way we interact, learn and understand the world as a whole.  From prehistoric times when man made markings and paintings on walls using ivory and stones; to when the cuneiform and hieroglyphic forms of writing were invented, by the Sumerians and Egyptians. To the 19th century that saw the inventions of telegraph and Morse code and then the telephone; technological advancements in communications have been on the meteoric rise. In modern times, this manic dash for the fastest most efficient means for communications has gone into overdrive.

The telegraph was the first big step taking by man to true globalization. It was the first technology that allowed for communication or information to be sent without a physical medium. With the invention of the telephone, the foundation laid by the telegraph had been built upon as we now had a means to send not only written texts but also sound across long distances. In 1902 the invention of radio, represented a modern leap into current wireless technology as signal could be fully transmitted over long distances. Nowadays words like Bandwidth, and Wi-Fi, Ethernet and browsers, clouds social media live streaming amongst many others, are now common in day to day conversation.

With the growing ownership of Personal Computers or PC’s, more and more people using the internet for various purposes. In 1997, Six Degrees was launched and with that we had the first Social Media platform, and with social media we had the ability to send personal videos and images to friends and colleagues creating a sense of a family unit transcended boarders with a global reach. Social media was a key piece in social integration as it allowed for people from different races, tribes, religions  to communicate, it allowed for the interactions between people from first world to third world countries to relate together bringing about a truly global village. Other innovations have reduced the costs associated with conducting business, reducing travel costs, making it possible for people to be worlds away yet be present in the same room.

Video conferencing is one of the highlights of innovations that have made it possible to conduct business and social meetings in real time scenarios amongst people that are kilometres and even days apart.  These video conferencing software’s are created by technology companies that have noticed technology trends and predicted their future. In 2006 multinational technology conglomerate Cisco Systems, which is always one step ahead, came through once again with its pioneering telepresence software.

Cisco Telepresence takes global collaboration to a level you would not receive with a standard video conferencing solution. It goes beyond typical video conferencing solutions. It is breakthrough technology that creates a live, "in-person" experience over an Internet Protocol (IP) network. Unlike typical video conferencing solutions, makes it appear that all participants are seated around the same conference table—even when they are continents apart. Interoperability also enables you to connect to users of traditional video conferencing solutions.

For companies with offices, partners, or customers spread across the globe, Cisco Telepresence helps keep time-sensitive processes moving forward. It deepens the level of understanding and teamwork among meeting participants. They also help employees make decisions faster and work more effectively with partners and customers. Cisco telepresence software is just one of the software’s that have altered the way we communicate, promoting worldwide connectivity while also closing the digital divide.

Giving the digital divide that exists in the modern day society, the world can never truly attain Globalization if everyone doesn’t have access to modern day Information and communication technology(ICT); this is why there is a need to expose, enlighten and teach people mostly from the third world nations about modern day capabilities of ICT. The Girls in ICT Day is one of such program that tries to address this issue, it is an initiative backed by all (International Telecommunication Union) ITU Member States, it aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

Now, with all this advancements in networking and technology, there have also been advancements in technology of the physical devices used to manage or deploy these technologies. These devices have over the years been upgraded to make it possible for faster more efficient data transmissions ad communications. With this new technologies, a need for people highly trained in the use, troubleshooting and day to day management of these devices increases, that is why programs like Cisco Networking Academy are integral to modern day society. The Cisco Networking Academy, fondly known as NetAcad, is an IT skills building program which trains people in modern day IT practices, trains them on how to successfully deploy and manage networking devices, in this modern day digital economy.

All of this wouldn’t be possible without the innovation of the network infrastructure, the hardware and software resources of an entire network that enable network connectivity, communication, operations and management of an enterprise network. In fact, it was Cisco’s founders that invested the network infrastructure. Most recently, Cisco innovated in this space producing an Intuitive Network. Built around the Cisco DNA, it’s a network designed to be intuitive; it adapts, learns and secures. 

With all these innovations, globalization is a truly attainable goal that will ensure the full integration of the whole world as one global village. Done correctly, its benefits are tremendous and necessary in the modern evolution of society. 

Olakunle Oloruntimehin

Olakunle Oloruntimehin is the General Manager for Cisco in Nigeria, responsible for all areas of Cisco's business across government and private sector organizations. He also works closely with Cisco's partner ecosystem in the region. His responsibilities extend to driving and forging close relationships with government and private sector stakeholders, while ensuring that Cisco's business objectives and goals are closely aligned.  

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