Published: March 26, 2018
The telecommunications sector continues to play a significant role in multiple areas of daily life. From facilitating social interactions to fuelling business transactions, telecom is here to stay. Advancements in technology have led to significant innovations that are expected to shape the telecom industry moving forward.
The 2018 trends in telecom are moving towards increased social participation, advancements in infrastructure, and better solutions for businesses. Here is what we can expect in the telecom space in 2018 and beyond.
The rise of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence has significantly influenced the operational framework of multiple industries, and the telecom space has not been left behind. Indeed, we can expect AI to enhance how telecom services are delivered on a daily basis. Through AI, services will become increasingly personalized and the customer experience will become much improved.
In addition, the use of automation and analytics in conjunction with AI will ultimately enable users of various telecom technologies to enjoy increased efficiency and more opportunities for growth.
Higher speeds and more complicated products
As the needs of people and businesses within the communications space continue to expand, the telecom sector will be faced with the challenge of improving the speeds of devices and connections. For example, businesses will need to equip their devices with higher speed internet connections to facilitate advanced technologies such as VoIP and IoT devices.
As telecom technologies continue to become more complicated, users will be faced with the challenge of simplifying user interfaces in order to get the best out of their devices. We can expect the telecom industry to develop technical products that take advantage of new technologies but at the same time are easy to use.
AR and VR is expected to fuel the growth of mobile data
With the increased usage of augmented and virtual reality in current communication devices, we can expect these technologies to fuel a more efficient and reliable mobile data network. Both AR and VR require a lower latency along with higher bandwidth as well as edge computing.
A top concern for telecom operators moving forward will be their ability to develop deep network analytics and other capital expenditures that will provide a framework for mobile data to become more reliable.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things has revolutionized many different industries. In the telecom space, IoT technologies are expected to have an even greater influence. This is because communication devices need to share information in real time in order to facilitate the operational efficiency that IoT poses.
In addition, network operators will be faced with the decision to become either platform providers or resellers of IoT devices. Moving forward, operators will also have the opportunity to collaborate with global IoT facilitators in order to develop interconnected platforms that adhere to specific industry verticals (such as the manufacturing, industrial and aviation space).
The rise of 5G
With 5G being in its advanced stages of implementation, players in the telecom industry are expected to pioneer the use of 5G in both mobile technologies and other devices. 5G is expected to be faster and more reliable, and operators will leverage this new platform to lead the movement on more reliable telecom devices.
2018 is a promising year for the telecommunications sector. With the use of AI, higher speed and more complex devices, as well as the IoT, players in the telecom space are expected to develop more customized user experiences as well as more reliable communication platforms.