Assess the Extent to Which Global Networks Increases Global Connectivity

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Assess the extent to which global networks increases global connectivity A global network seeks to connect the world into an integrated whole. There are several examples of global networks. Firstly, there is a network between different countries in the world. These are air travel, ships, trade, undersea cables, population movement, money flow and services. Some areas are well connected (switched on) which tend to be high income areas, whilst other areas are poorly connected (switched off) which tend to be low income areas. The internet is an example of a global network –but there is a political freedom to use it, education/training, and people may not afford it, no infrastructure, no market for service providers, and no power supply. There is the digital divide between developed and developing worlds. Africa remains the big loser in terms of internet usage, showing that this may not increase global connectivity to Africa. To increase global connectivity, there are several factors included. Development of technology can increase global connectivity. Also, telephones provide communication and increase the network of global connectivity as firms can contact other countries where other firms are based. This provides a wider network. The internet provides more communication, and allows firms to operate annually. Air travel achieves connectivity as larger aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747 can carry more passengers and provide cheaper flights and global tourism. GIS/GPS satellites allow information to pass around the world. Rail increases more connectivity such as high speed rail link such as the TGV in France, and the Japan bullet train makes travel much faster. All these factors ‘shrinks’ the world and makes it more connected. An example of increased connectivity lies in China. China is a newly industrialized country, which means that is a country
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