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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR) and a global leader in protecting and optimizing critical infrastructure for both IT and telecommunications, is uniquely positioned to understand the increasing convergence of voice and data. Leveraging that unique breadth of capabilities and expertise, the company today released an infographic that illustrates just how rapidly convergence is happening and what it means for consumers and providers.

“The speed of the mobile revolution has been relatively well documented, but it isn’t until you stop and look at the data that you really understand what has happened over the last decade,” said Scott Barbour, executive vice president, Emerson, and business leader of Emerson Network Power. “The distinction between voice and data is evaporating, and this infographic illustrates not only how quickly it has happened, but what it means for providers and their customers.”

Some of the facts explored in the infographic:

It’s a wireless world

The world is more connected than it has ever been. The advent of the smart phone has fundamentally changed the way consumers access information. For example, in 2007, before the introduction of the smart phone, consumers purchased almost 300 million PCs. In 2011, that number was 350 million—but it was surpassed by the 360 million smart phones purchased that year.

We can’t sit still

Consumers aren’t just buying mobile devices, they’re using them—in huge numbers. In 2007, about 1.1 billion people accessed the internet from PCs and about 400 million from mobile devices. That gap will disappear this year, and by 2015 mobile access will outpace PC access by about 300 million users. About 33 percent of Facebook’s traffic came from mobile devices last year, up from just 5 percent in 2008.

Providers racing to keep up

The change in behavior isn’t as simple as selling more smart phones; the requirements of the network are drastically changing. The infrastructure that supports a 15-minute, 4-megabyte phone call is drastically different than the one that supports a 15-minute, 150 gigabyte, high-definition video. 4G download speeds can be anywhere from 4 to 10 times faster than 3G while reducing the cost per bit to providers by as much as 80 percent.

To view the full infographic, visit the Emerson Network Power newsroom. For more information on Emerson Network Power products and solutions to support telecommunications networks and the data center, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.