In Cairo, Egypt, a protestor in Tahrir Square reads the latest news on his tablet computer. The Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions are often described as "Facebook revolutions". (Reuters/Asmah Waguih) Reuters
In the village of Bithoor in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, children gather around an "internet classroom" on wheels. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh) Keystone
Under the watchful eyes of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin, a man takes advantage of wireless internet access at the Museum for Socialist Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov) Reuters
US onion farmer Bob Hale of Hermiston, Oregon, shows a client his wares in realtime from the field. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) Keystone
A "capsule inn" in Shanghai provides the very basics, plus wireless internet. (AP Photo/Xinhua Fan Xiaoming) Keystone
An Algerian delegate checks his email during the 2012 Socialist International Congress in Cape Town, South Africa. (EPA/Nic Bothma) Keystone
Using a laptop, football fans keep tabs on the match near the river Elbe in Hamburg, Germany. (Reuters/Christian Charisius) Reuters
German Economics Minister Philipp Rösler and Chancellor Angela Merkel consult an iPad during a cabinet meeting in Berlin in 2012. (AP Photo/Rainer Jensen) Keystone
Pilots should soon be able to access flight manuals and performance-calculating applications on tablets. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus began providing such technology in 2012. (Keystone/Handout Airbus) Keystone
In Japan, you're not allowed to talk on a mobile phone while using public transport, but surfing the Web and checking email are very popular pasttimes – even on holidays. (EPA/Robert Gilhooly) Keystone
A woman uses her phone to publish photos of a festival in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. (Reuters/Fahad Shadeed) Reuters
Some Swiss trains provide W-Lan for travellers. (Keystone/Martin Rütschi) swissinfo.ch
The project "One Laptop per Child" aims to provide a million children with internet access via sturdy and inexpensive laptops. Pictured here is a boy near Mumbai, India. (Reuters/Danish Siddiqui) Reuters
Swiss photographer Denis Balibouse files his pictures under a full moon sky from Mont-Cenis Pass Road in Lanslebourg, France, during the 2011 Grande Odyssée sled dog race. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse) Reuters
Photos and videos can be posted on the fly, websites are updated constantly and even revolutions have been attributed to wireless internet access. Getting online on the go is becoming more and more common for millions of people.
This content was published on October 18, 2012
October 18, 2012
In many remote parts of the world, it is much easier to install mobile solutions than expensive cables. This means that wireless internet service is playing an increasingly important role in everyday life – also in poor areas.
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