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Top 5 Trends in the Telecommunications Industry

Telecommunication providers are upgrading their IT and connectivity infrastructures because they need to provide affordable, reliability and high-quality data and voice services. Security is one of the challenges they face as threats powered by new technology emerge.

Operational and technical innovations are necessary to meet customer expectations of total security. Various trends, such as the following five, are set to reshape the telecom industry and bring about innovation on a vast scale.

1. The Internet of Things (IoT)

In the following years, telecom providers will increasingly use IoT to offer a more personalized user experience. The IoT is a network of connected devices that can communicate with each other, and it is possible to control and monitor them remotely.

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2. 5G networks

An increasing demand for high-speed connectivity has resulted in the next generation of networks. Telecoms around the world will be looking to offer 5G. While 4G networks are application-centered, 5G networks are user-centric. The difference in architecture allows for various improvements, such as the rate of data transmission.

Lower end-to-end delays and less connectivity cost will offer enhanced user experiences. With 5G, providers are able to provide consistent, uninterrupted connectivity worldwide.

There is increasing interest from other industries in 5G, too, as they see the vast potential of the technology to revolutionize the way they deliver goods and services. 5G networks will enable more detailed virtual reality, higher resolution video, autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and more.

3. Artificial intelligence

The addition of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to smartphones allows for more sophisticated functionality. Speech recognition and the use of digital assistants like Siri or Alexa is becoming commonplace. Some AI applications being used in the telecommunications sector are customer service chatbots and speech and voice services for customers.

AI is also being used to optimize networks and for predictive maintenance of networks. Through predictive analytics, it is possible for telecoms to get insights from the data they collect. Augmented reality and virtual reality technology may seem futuristic but they are already in play and we will see more of them in the future.

4. Advanced security measures

Organizations, lawmakers and users are increasingly concerned about the security of infrastructure and data as breaches take place and customer data is hacked. As networks become more software-defined, the infrastructure is as vulnerable to attack as the data sent through the network.

Holistic network security is becoming more important than ever and encryption is likely to transition to being more pervasive.

5. Diversified ecosystems

Service providers will be consolidating their offerings and making sure their networks are ready for future technological advancements. They will also be looking at forming alliances that could unlock competitive agility.

Industrial ecosystems consist of a network of cross-industry organizations working together and telecom companies are uniquely suited for these alliances.

The introduction of IoT networks with 5G capabilities could make collaboration between companies seamless and advance the application of new technologies across networks. Telecom providers are likely to be at the forefront of widely implementing advances in technology over the next decade.

Posted by Emily Dawson on Sep 29, 2020 5:16 AM Europe/London

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