Outlook 2021 – What 2020 did for the digital infrastructure landscape and what’s coming

January 28, 2021

The digital economy advanced 5-10 years in the space of roughly 9 months in 2020 (depending on the source of analysis). Every sector and every individual have had to adapt, with digital technologies and connectivity being at the heart of everything from shopping to education, fitness, even socialising and healthcare. In this talk, we look at what 2020 meant in the world of digital infrastructure with a boom in data traffic and cloud-based services; how providers handled heightened demand and what the impact on sustainability has been, as well as what the industry can expect in 2021.

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