5 Technologies to Watch Out For in The Telecom Sector
What is the next big thing in the telecommunications sector?
The technological advances of recent years are changing the rules of the game. Some of these might disrupt the telecom industry and change our lives.
Here are five evolving technologies and tech ecosystems that industry watchers are looking at most closely.
Internet of Things: The Sign of Things to Come
This is the mother of all trends and its effects go far beyond the telecom sector. The Internet of Things (IoT) would have seemed like science fiction even 15 years ago. But today, it’s already being developed as the future of communications.
So what exactly is IoT? Simply put, it is the interconnectedness of all devices, even ones we don’t typically associate with communication. So everything from your washing machine and car to your health care provider’s medical instruments will turn into ‘smart’ communication devices that are forever logged in.
The IoT is not just another technological advancement — it may fundamentally alter our relationship with everyday things. And the telecom sector will find itself in the position of playing midwife to this change.
5G — The Next Generation
If 4G is here, can 5G be far behind? To be sure, a transition to 5G could take up to five years. After all, the move from 3G to 4G is still in progress. But the interesting thing to watch out for is how the conversation around 5G evolves.
There is still some confusion over what the fifth generation of mobile networks should focus on. Should it only be about upgrading speed or something more?
Technologists and engineers are hard at work so that we have a definable standard for 5G that focuses on aspects such as new modes of connectivity, reliability, extreme broadband and cross-connectivity between other types of networks such as Wi-Fi and LTE.
Fibre Optic Networks and The Data Avalanche
The race for fibre optics is intensifying. Telecom giant Verizon has completed a trial run of its next-generation passive optical network (NG-PON2) on its FTTP network, with both business and residential customers in mind.
The thrust is to transmit larger and larger amounts of data in the quickest possible time, and fibre optic networks are being seen as the best way to do exactly that.
Comcast and Google are among the other big players in the field. It is believed that NG-PON2 can offer upto 10 Gbps of upload and download speeds as opposed to Google-fiber’s 1 Gbps and Comcast’s 2 Gbps for residential customers.
Over-The-Top Television Makes a Mark
Around the end of last year, the first wave of customers in the US “cut the cord”, so to speak, in favour of services such as Netflix, Roku, Apple TV and Hulu. With major firms such as HBO and Sony getting into the act, the streaming revolution is changing the way America traditionally watches television (cable or satellite).
It is admittedly too early to say if the trend catches on in a big way, as both cable networks and satellite service providers are not about to give up their markets without a fight. The business models of OTT Television are still evolving.
It also needs to be seen if consumers in other countries go the streaming way. But the television industry has clearly been shaken up by the coming together of telecom technologies and entertainment.
Smartphones Get Smarter With Streaming Data
According to last year’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey, there was a 19% increase in American smartphone users streaming film or television.
This trend is likely to accelerate as data consumption on hand-held devices increases both in quantity and quality. Phone manufacturers, service providers and third-party app providers are all scrambling to capture this exciting business space. With increasing bandwidth and more sophisticated devices, the possibilities for growth are endless.
So these are some of the top technological trends you are going to hear a lot about in the coming months and years. Stay tuned!
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