No medium in recent years has had such a great impact on us as the INTERNET – though its birth was simply a matter of pure chance More than one and a half billion people are online daily.

1964 – The idea
Paul Baran lays the theoretical foundation for the Internet with his treatise “On Distributed Communication”.

1969 – The forerunner
The USA starts the first big test: “Arpanet” goes online. It only connects four research institutes with each other.

1978 – New network standard
The protocol IPv4, which is used even today, is introduced. With it, computers can be identified by their IP addresses.

1984 – Sending emails
The American platform, CSNET, sends the first text message to Germany on 2nd August 1984. the recipient is computer scientist, Werner Zorn, at the Karlsruhe University.

1988 – Internet relay chat
The Finnish student, Jarkko Oikarinen, first brings forward the idea of chatting on the Internet. The first system was developed as early as in 1981 in the computer network BITNET.

1989 – ISDN
ISDN is the highlight of CeBIT.

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