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An Estimated over 16 billion devices may go online by 2020

According to a report, More than 16 billion devices like smartphones, PC, laptops and internet-enabled home appliances and some devices you may not think in dreams will be connected to the Web by the end of the next decade.

This may be possible as growing number of internet-enabled devices can be hooked up to a network to communicate with other Web-enabled gadgets and services.

These include devices such as home electricity systems, which are connected to the internet via 'smart meters' to build a map of energy use, according to the Telegraph.

"That figure might actually be a conservative estimate," said Jim Morrish, principal analyst at Analysys Mason, and author of the report.

"Taking in to account the uncertainties inherent in forecasting new technologies 10 years out, we believe that a realistic number of devices may be 44 billion, and six billion a realistic minimum.

"That's a worldwide average of between 0.8 and 5.8 internet-enabled devices for each person alive in 2020."

- IANS Inputs

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