Telecommunications

Looking into the present, telecommunications companies are gearing up for some of the biggest technological advancements the industry has seen in years. Emerging trends such as the 5G revolution and the advancement of the internet of things (IoT) will reshape the  sector and force innovation on a massive scale. 

5G will bring three major upgrades from greater speed to move more data, decreased latency for shorter load times and increased ability to connect more devices at once. 5G networks will enable more detailed and efficient augmented and virtual realities, higher resolution video, fully autonomous vehicles, massive connected IoT networks (such as smart cities), and more. 5G is the most highly anticipated change to the future of telecom since……4G!

The IoT consists of a network of connected devices, able to communicate with each other that can be controlled and monitored remotely. There are now an estimated 30 billion connected IoT devices worldwide, many of which are thought to be industrial connections which are an essential component of smart cities.

Smart cities take the IoT a step further by creating an interconnected network that residents can access online, often through mobile apps. A network like this will provide data and communication channels allowing users to better manage their day-to-day activities, from corresponding directly with their government to instantly finding a parking spot on a busy day.

The main goal of smart cities is to create a better quality of living for their citizens by streamlining urban services such as energy and transportation through the use of smart technology. However, prior to the promise of 5G networks, experts couldn’t foresee the capacity to support the amount of data a truly connected city would generate. Now that 5G is a reality many major urban areas will be racing to be the first to introduce their own smart city. 

The use of AI in the telecom industry encompasses a myriad of focus areas. Customer service and network optimisation are at the top of that list. Some of the biggest implementations of AI will be in these spaces and predictive analytics is one of the most promising capabilities of AI technology, especially for the telecom community. AI-based analytics provide telecom companies with the ability to use data and machine learning software to predict future industry trends and potential infrastructure snags, and to continuously assess their service for bugs or potential pitfalls. Additionally, AI-based chat-bots and virtual assistants will transform the way businesses handle customer service. They can automate conversations and successfully mimic human speech, while drawing data and insights to provide personalised and positive experiences.

Diversified Ecosystems will play a large part too as  much like ecosystems function in nature, industrial ecosystems are a network of cross-industry organisations that work together to create a stronger, more advanced industry. The telecom industry will see a move toward creating those lucrative ecosystems. Ecosystems could unlock up to £100 trillion in value during the next 10 years by unlocking competitive agility. Telecom companies have the highest potential to come together and form such alliances. Industry leaders agree, with 83 percent citing ecosystems as an important piece of their disruption strategy.

The introduction of IoT networks, backed with 5G capabilities, will make this even easier and will allow companies to seamlessly collaborate to advance these technologies across their networks.The telecommunications industry is a vital center for cutting-edge technology adoption. With the integration of AI technologies, 5G networks, and the IoT, telecom organisations will continue to be at the forefront of technological growth.

Industry News

  • #TBT: Charter tests 5G; Wi-Fi analytics from Super Bowl LII; Alphabet launches Chronicle … this week in 2018
    by RCR Wireless News on January 28, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Charter tests 5G U.S. cable operator Charter Communications said it is currently carrying [...] The post #TBT: Charter tests 5G; Wi-Fi analytics from Super Bowl LII; Alphabet launches Chronicle … this week in 2018 appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • New Arcep chief calls for ‘affordable’ fixed and mobile services
    by Mary Lennighan on January 28, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    Laure de la Raudière is officially the new chair of French telecoms regulator Arcep.

  • Comcast raises dividend again despite drop in FY results
    on January 28, 2021 at 1:11 pm

    (Telecompaper) Comcast has increased its dividend for a 13th consecutive year, despite lower results in 2020 due to coronavirus crisis...

  • Swiss Service Provider cuts time to market by 75% with agile and Red Hat
    by Rebecca Traynor on January 28, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Sunrise Communications, a Swiss provider of telecommunications and internet services, sought to enhance its focus on innovative digital services with a faster, more responsive development approach. Read this case study to find out how the company (using Red Hat® OpenShift®, supported by Red Hat Runtimes): Created a container- and microservices-based infrastructure Achieved >75% reduction in service

  • Nokia shares buffeted by short selling storm
    by Scott Bicheno on January 28, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    What started as a few amateur investors trying to undermine the efforts of hedge funds to make money from a declining stock if having wider repercussions.

  • AT&T posts strong wireless, HBO Max performance, but…
    by Mary Lennighan on January 28, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    AT&T is upbeat about its performance in the final quarter of last year – and 2020 as a whole – thanks largely to customer growth at its mobile and HBO Max video streaming unit.

  • Virtual Public Service: Future-Fit Patient Care
    by Gareth Johns on January 28, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Telehealth and cloud communications in the wake of a pandemic These last 12 months, the healthcare sector has been even more in the spotlight. The NHS, already crippled by funding … Read more "Virtual Public Service: Future-Fit Patient Care" The post Virtual Public Service: Future-Fit Patient Care appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Smartphone market returns to growth in Q4, Apple takes top spot
    on January 28, 2021 at 8:21 am

    (Telecompaper) The global smartphone market returned to annual growth of 4.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2020, to 385.9 million shipments in total, according to IDC...

  • Samsung raises dividend after increase in Q4 profit, sees weaker Q1
    on January 28, 2021 at 7:50 am

    (Telecompaper) Samsung Electronics announced a special dividend alongside its annual results, as well as a higher dividend for the next three years...

  • Apple quarterly revenues jump 21% on strong demand for 5G iPhones
    on January 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    (Telecompaper) Apple reported a strong improvement in sales in its fiscal first quarter to December, with revenues up 21 percent year-on-year to a new record of USD 111.4 billion...

  • AT&T sees strong wireless results amid major write-downs
    by Kelly Hill on January 27, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ works wonders for HBO/HBO Max, but premium TV gets a $15.5 billion write-down AT&T saw stronger than expected wireless additions during the fourth quarter of 2020, and the release of Wonder Woman 1984 helped drive its HBO and HBO Max subscriptions to more than 41 million, two years before it expected to [...] The post AT&T sees strong wireless results amid major write-downs appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • DT and Samsung flirt with each other over standalone 5G
    by Scott Bicheno on January 27, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    As Deutsche Telekom’s reliance on Huawei kit increasingly looks like a precarious position, it has taken to playing the field.

  • 5G modems more than doubled during 2020, according to GSA report
    by Catherine Sbeglia on January 27, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    GSA President called the figures ‘encouraging’ According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association’s (GSA) newest 5G chipset report, the number of discrete 5G modems more than doubled during 2020, and number of 5G processors increased ninefold. The report indicated that 29 commercially available 5G mobile processors/platforms and 11 commercially available discrete 5G modems have been [...] The post 5G modems more than doubled during 2020, according to GSA report appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Wi-Fi 7: What is it and when should you expect it?
    by Catherine Sbeglia on January 27, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Wi-Fi 7 is expected to have higher data rates and lower latency than Wi-Fi 6 Less than a month ago, the Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the certification for Wi-Fi 6E, or Wi-Fi 6 Extended, which refers to the ability for Wi-Fi to leverage the 6 GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi operation. But, even as the [...] The post Wi-Fi 7: What is it and when should you expect it? appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Editorial Webinar: AI- and ML-based network automation: What’s the promise and what’s the reality?
    by RCR Wireless News on January 27, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    As 5G continues its evolution toward broad digital enablement of the enterprise, the proliferation of artificial intelligence and machine learning in networks will be a crucial part of service providers’ strategies. For infrastructure, increasingly automated deployment, configuration and management accelerates time-to-revenue as closed technology stacks give way to open, cloud-native architectures. For end user applications, [...] The post Editorial Webinar: AI- and ML-based network automation: What’s the promise and what’s the reality? appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Wireless Broadband Alliance: ‘Wi-Fi/5G convergence is critical and a win-win for all’
    by Catherine Sbeglia on January 27, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Wireless Broadband Alliance outlined a path to a ‘tighter coupling’ of Wi-Fi and 5G When it comes to how Wi-Fi 6 and 5G will work together in future networks, coexistence is said to be the only Wi-Fi and cellular combo really present today. However, there is also a strong case for Wi-Fi 6 and 5G convergence, [...] The post Wireless Broadband Alliance: ‘Wi-Fi/5G convergence is critical and a win-win for all’ appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Are public clouds right for telecommunications service providers?
    by Rebecca Traynor on January 27, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Telecommunications service providers are increasingly becoming digital service providers. Now they must consider whether and when they should build out and manage the infrastructures that support new applications and services as private clouds or on public clouds. Read this whitepaper to learn: The relative advantages of private and public cloud environments using key decisions such

  • Will 5G Change the World? Marisa Viveros, IBM (Ep. 31)
    by Sean Kinney, Editor in Chief on January 27, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    RCR Wireless News · Will 5G Change the World? Marisa Viveros, IBM (Ep. 31) IBM’s Marisa Viveros, vice president of strategy and offerings for telecom, media and entertainment, discusses the combination of 5G, network automation and mobile edge computing, and gives some insight into increasingly complex enterprise 5G consumption models. Stay updated on the latest [...] The post Will 5G Change the World? Marisa Viveros, IBM (Ep. 31) appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Driving New Telco Opportunities with 5G-enabled Services
    by Dell Technologies + Intel on January 27, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    In the first post in this series, I explored the rise of 5G Telco networks and how they open the door to unprecedented possibilities and new capabilities for enterprises. In this latest post, I will explore how 5G technologies enable new Telco solutions that go far beyond connectivity. From the outset, it’s important to note that the [...] The post Driving New Telco Opportunities with 5G-enabled Services appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Network automation for everyone
    by Rebecca Traynor on January 27, 2021 at 2:21 pm

    Network management has remained largely the same for decades despite substantial change in network technologies. Traditional approaches cannot keep up with rapidly-evolving developer needs and application requirements, so more organizations are implementing automation into network services management. Automating network management provides more control and visibility into network resources. Download this e-book and you will learn

  • UK government has another look at laws governing access to telecoms infrastructure
    by Scott Bicheno on January 27, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Now that we’re free of EU regulation it’s time to make the Electronic Communications Code fit for purpose.

  • AT&T reports strong growth in streaming, mobile customers in Q4, bottom line hurt by pay-TV writedown
    on January 27, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    (Telecompaper) AT&T reported a strong finish to 2020 in terms of customer growth in Q4 and met its annual targets for cash flow...

  • Three quarters of UK MNOs agree stage one of shared rural network
    by Mary Lennighan on January 27, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    Vodafone, O2 and Three have reached agreement on the first phase of the government-backed project to improve mobile coverage in rural areas of the UK, but EE says it doesn't need to be involved at this stage.

  • KPN doubles profits in Q4 but still makes a loss for the year
    by Scott Bicheno on January 27, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Dutch operator group KPN’s healthy profit increase last quarter looks like a one-off, with revenue growth flat.

  • Offloading HuffPost hits Verizon’s Q4 earnings
    by Mary Lennighan on January 27, 2021 at 11:26 am

    Verizon highlighted mobile revenue growth and a good media performance in its Q4 2020 results, but also revealed a sizeable dent in earnings from the sale of HuffPost.

  • UK mobile operators to build, share 222 new masts to boost rural 4G coverage
    on January 27, 2021 at 10:24 am

    (Telecompaper) UK mobile network operators Vodafone, O2 and 3 UK have agreed a new network sharing deal to enhance 4G coverage in rural areas...

  • 10 Skills You Need to Have as a Successful Product Marketing Manager & Product Marketer
    by Ashima Bhatt on January 27, 2021 at 9:00 am

    You have a product that you think could do well, and that has a high-value proposition. How do you get that product into the minds and, more importantly, the buying … Read more "10 Skills You Need to Have as a Successful Product Marketing Manager & Product Marketer" The post 10 Skills You Need to Have as a Successful Product Marketing Manager & Product Marketer appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • KPN doubles profit in Q4, sees stronger 2021
    on January 27, 2021 at 8:52 am

    (Telecompaper) KPN reported full-year results in line with expectations, with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic offset by the Dutch operator's cost savings...

  • Elisa deploys Nokia FP4 chipset to support 1 TB interface
    on January 27, 2021 at 8:42 am

    (Telecompaper) Nokia has declared the world's first 1 terabit clear-channel interface deployment on Elisa's network in a commercial trial, using the Nokia FP4 chipset...

  • MediaTek more than doubles Q4 profit on growing smartphone market share
    on January 27, 2021 at 8:41 am

    (Telecompaper) MediaTek more than doubled its net profit for the fourth quarter, to TWD 15.0 billion, thanks to strong sales growth and improved gross margins...

  • Microsoft revenue growth improves to 17% in Q2 on cloud demand, net profit up 33%
    on January 27, 2021 at 7:45 am

    (Telecompaper) Microsoft's revenue growth accelerated to 17 percent year-on-year in its fiscal second quarter to December, for total sales of USD 43.1 billion...

  • Rosenworcel appoints staff, hints at FCC priorities
    by Kelly Hill on January 26, 2021 at 5:09 pm

    Acting Federal Communications Commission Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has wasted no time in appointing staff, and gave a first address to the agency which broadly outlined some of the potential areas of focus for the regulatory agency under Democratic leadership. “As difficult as it is, this pandemic has also demonstrated how important our work is at [...] The post Rosenworcel appoints staff, hints at FCC priorities appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Verizon misses Q4 subscriber goals, but beats earnings estimates
    by Catherine Sbeglia on January 26, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    5G expansion remains a priority for Verizon as it heads into 2021 Verizon’s fourth quarter saw adjusted earnings that beat analyst estimates, even as the carrier failed to meet revenue and postpaid wireless phone subscriber goals. The first compatible iPhone was launched in the fourth quarter of 2020, and while it might be tempting to [...] The post Verizon misses Q4 subscriber goals, but beats earnings estimates appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Twitter trials community policing – what could go wrong?
    by Scott Bicheno on January 26, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Social media platform Twitter, famous for the measured and conciliatory attitude of its users, wants to let them annotate each other’s posts.

  • Softbank names new CEO
    by Mary Lennighan on January 26, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Softbank has named company insider Junichi Miyakawa (pictured) as the new chief executive of its retail telecoms business.

  • Tower Talk: Meet the Companies Buying Latin America’s Cell Towers
    by tleins@telegeography.com (Tom Leins) on January 26, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    Latin America has been a hotbed of M&A activity in recent years. And it isn’t just telecom operators that are changing hands—the tower sector has also accounted for a number of eye-catching deals across the region.

  • Ericsson makes its network slicing move
    by Scott Bicheno on January 26, 2021 at 12:21 pm

    Network slicing has always been positioned as a key component of 5G but has been a slow burner. Ericsson is seeking to ignite it with its latest launch.

  • Using Knowledge Management to Improve Remote Team Success
    by Emil Hajric on January 26, 2021 at 10:17 am

    For small businesses around the world, the coronavirus pandemic has ushered in the era of the virtual office. Still, while many companies were forced into operating remotely throughout the shutdown, … Read more "Using Knowledge Management to Improve Remote Team Success" The post Using Knowledge Management to Improve Remote Team Success appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • TIM launches €1 billion cloud company
    by Mary Lennighan on January 26, 2021 at 10:14 am

    TIM has formally launched its new cloud and edge computing business under the Noovle brand, repeating its pledge to generate €1 billion in revenues from the new outfit in three years.

  • Are We Really Benefiting from Working Remotely?
    by Samantha Clayton on January 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

    There’s no doubt that attitudes towards the traditional office have changed. As employees and employers have proven throughout national lockdowns and the times in between, they are capable of  operating … Read more "Are We Really Benefiting from Working Remotely?" The post Are We Really Benefiting from Working Remotely? appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • The Definitive Guide to Using a Deep Learning or Machine Learning Chatbot for Your Business
    by Daniel Yin on January 26, 2021 at 9:00 am

    The word “chatbot” is familiar to most of us, but what does it really mean? Well, a chatbot is simply a computer programme that you can have a conversation with. … Read more "The Definitive Guide to Using a Deep Learning or Machine Learning Chatbot for Your Business" The post The Definitive Guide to Using a Deep Learning or Machine Learning Chatbot for Your Business appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Unions could succeed where politicians have failed in holding internet giants to account
    by Scott Bicheno on January 25, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Google and Amazon can add growing unionization to the list of challenges to their dominance of the digital economy.

  • Ringside: Insider Interview with Andy Gillies
    by Samantha Clayton on January 25, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    As we kick off a new year, we continue to check in with our leaders to get insights into the telecommunications industry’s challenges and solutions. Today we caught up with … Read more "Ringside: Insider Interview with Andy Gillies" The post Ringside: Insider Interview with Andy Gillies appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Virtual CDNs: edging towards a 5G content boom
    by Guest author on January 25, 2021 at 2:26 pm

    The general rule of thumb when delivering content to users is the closer you are to those users, the quicker you can deliver the content.

  • The Telecoms.com Podcast: FCC, OpenRAN and spectrum auctions
    by @telecoms on January 25, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Iain and Scott start this week by looking at how the increasingly politicised US telecoms regulator, the FCC, will be affected by the change in government. As if to show it’s no less inclined to politicise telecoms, European operators joined forces to plead for state assistance with OpenRAN, which the guys discuss next, before concluding with a look at recent mobile spectrum auctions.

  • Ofcom delays UK 700 MHz auction
    by Scott Bicheno on January 25, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    UK telecoms regulator Ofcom waited until the end of the month to announce the 700 MHz auction won’t happen in January after all.

  • Orange to raise €1bn-plus from sale of new rural fibre unit
    by Mary Lennighan on January 25, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Orange has created a new business unit to house its fibre operations in rural France and has agreed to sell half of that entity to investors in a deal that should raise well over €1 billion.

  • Open Minds, Open Source SD-WAN
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on January 25, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    What is open source SD-WAN and how is it different from other "open" platforms we've already seen? This was the right question for flexiWAN CEO Amir Zmora, who wanted to get into the SD-WAN space, but only if he could do something totally different.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Remote & Hybrid Work Etiquette
    by Zofia Bobrowicz Cohn on January 25, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Even before 2020’s unprecedented events, 4.7 million people were already working remotely – and the Coronavirus pandemic has led to a significant increase. All the signs are that remote or … Read more "The Ultimate Guide to Remote & Hybrid Work Etiquette" The post The Ultimate Guide to Remote & Hybrid Work Etiquette appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Real Talk: Interview With Dr. Gerhard Schnyder, Academic and Professor
    by Chloe Woods on January 22, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Join us in conversation with academic and professor Dr. Gerhard Schnyder on how he’s navigating the changes UK universities are facing post COVID-19.  Dr. Schnyder is the Director of the … Read more "Real Talk: Interview With Dr. Gerhard Schnyder, Academic and Professor" The post Real Talk: Interview With Dr. Gerhard Schnyder, Academic and Professor appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Building Resiliency for Submarine Networks
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on January 22, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Our latest research on Latin America shows that international bandwidth demand is strong in the region.  With an ongoing surge in new submarine cable deployments, content providers are expanding their geographic reach as both owners and anchor customers of new cable systems. (You can take a closer look here.)

  • What is Product Marketing & How to Implement it: The Definitive Guide
    by Sunny Dhami on January 22, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Product marketing is usually described as the driving force behind selling a product.  It’s all about understanding the customer’s wants and needs and fulfilling them through innovative and intriguing products. … Read more "What is Product Marketing & How to Implement it: The Definitive Guide" The post What is Product Marketing & How to Implement it: The Definitive Guide appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • The Future of AI in Sales: 7 Ways AI is Changing 2021
    by Anna Crowe on January 21, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    In middle school, my fourth-grade teacher insisted learning long division was crucial to my future. “You won’t always have a calculator in your pocket, you know!”  Things have changed, clearly.  … Read more "The Future of AI in Sales: 7 Ways AI is Changing 2021" The post The Future of AI in Sales: 7 Ways AI is Changing 2021 appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • New State of the Network E-book Tracks Industry Changes, COVID Impact Across Tumultuous Year
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on January 21, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    More so than normal, our team is thrilled to usher in a new year. Sure, that’s in part because a new year signals the release of our fourth State of the Network Report—and with it a new batch of data and analysis on the way the world is connecting. But mostly because 2020 presented a unique set of challenges to the world, our industry, and our team.

  • Data Center Matchmaking: Finding Your Dream Combo of Connectivity and Cost
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on January 14, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    🎶Matchmaker, Matchmaker,Make me a match,Find a facilityThat's a real catchMatchmaker, MatchmakerKnows what I need,The most connectivity🎶 

  • Wholesale Carriers Terminated Approximately 307 Billion Minutes of Traffic in 2019
    by pchristian@telegeography.com (Patrick Christian) on January 11, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Many retail service providers—such as mobile operators, MVNOs, and cable broadband providers—rely heavily on wholesale carriers to transport and terminate their customers’ international calls. Wholesale carriers terminated approximately 307 billion minutes of traffic in 2019, down 6% from 2018.

  • The COVID-19 Impact on International Calling
    by pbrodsky@telegeography.com (Paul Brodsky) on January 5, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    The global outbreak of COVID-19—and its associated economic and social impact—has upended the way billions of people live their lives. Has it had an impact on international calling?

  • Remote Work After COVID-19
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on December 28, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Our interests often find a way into our research. And that happened in 2020, as our genuine curiosity around the future of the workplace came up across our research catalog. We covered COVID-related changes in bandwidth demand, WAN-related challenges to going remote, and data center impacts—all relevant topics to the evolution of the modern office. It's no surprise, then, that we were fascinated by a new analysis of 800 different jobs.

  • Out With the Old Cables, in With the New
    by amauldin@telegeography.com (Alan Mauldin) on December 21, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    As 2020 comes to a close, I thought it was worth looking at changes in the subsea cable landscape. Two years ago I gave a presentation that predicted a coming “extinction” of older cables.  We’re beginning to see signs of this in the market.

  • Ponder the Future of the WAN With a Podcast Holiday Special
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on December 17, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    We're back with a bonus holiday episode of the WAN Manager Podcast! In this special pod, Greg invites TeleGeography Analyst Elizabeth Thorne to look back at the WAN in 2020. (And what a year it was.)