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

  • Nokia inks partnership to boost 6G research in India
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on March 1, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    Under the partnership, Nokia and IISc will work together in Nokia’s newly inaugurated 6G Lab in Bengaluru Finnish vendor Nokia announced it is expanding its 6G commitment to India by partnering with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to jointly research 6G technologies and 6G use cases, the former said in a release. Under the The post Nokia inks partnership to boost 6G research in India appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • 5G to account for 51% of mobile connections by 2029: GSMAi
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on March 1, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    As of January 2024, 261 operators in 101 countries had launched commercial 5G services, GSMAi said 5G connections are expected to represent 51% of total mobile connections at a global level by 2029, according to new figures from GSMA Intelligence (GSMi). Meanwhile, 5G connections will account for 56% of the global total by the end The post 5G to account for 51% of mobile connections by 2029: GSMAi appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Ericsson, du partner to provide 5G private networks in the UAE
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on March 1, 2024 at 3:00 pm

    Ericsson will provide advanced private 4G and 5G networks to enhance connectivity for government and enterprise customers Swedish vendor Ericsson and Emirati telco du had announced strategic partnership under which Ericsson will provide its private 5G networks with the aim of enabling smart services to the government and enterprise sectors in the United Arab Emirates The post Ericsson, du partner to provide 5G private networks in the UAE appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Boldyn completes purchase of private 5G specialist Edzcom from Cellnex
    by James Blackman on March 1, 2024 at 2:11 pm

    UK-headquartered neutral host provider Boldyn Networks Boldyn Networks has completed its acquisition of private network specialist Edzcom from Spanish tower company Cellnex Telecom. The deal is for Cellnex’s entire private networks business, which mostly equates to Finland-based Edzcom. Cellnex has owned Edzcom since July 2020; the deal was announced in November last year. The fee The post Boldyn completes purchase of private 5G specialist Edzcom from Cellnex appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Cisco joins with Misui, KDDI to deploy private 5G at Industry 4.0 test lab in Japan
    by James Blackman on March 1, 2024 at 1:54 pm

    The Japanese arm of Cisco has joined with Mitsui Information and KDDI Engineering, parts of trading group Mitsui Group and telecoms operator KDDI respectively, to deploy a private 5G network at the Shinwa Komaki SFiC Lab in Komaki City, in the Aichi Prefecture in the centre of Japan. They are looking to drive smart-factory use The post Cisco joins with Misui, KDDI to deploy private 5G at Industry 4.0 test lab in Japan appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Is telecoms focusing on how without asking why?
    by Sean Kinney, Editor in Chief on March 1, 2024 at 1:49 pm

    BARCELONA—I know the show is over but I’m leaving the dateline on because, of course, I’m still here. Mobile World Congress was good; so good, in fact, it’ll take me a few months and a couple of off-schedule visits to my therapist to make sense of it all. But Thursday, when the stands are being The post Is telecoms focusing on how without asking why? appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • CommScope Q4 sales slide 38% as slowdown hits networking business
    on March 1, 2024 at 10:05 am

    (Telecompaper) CommScope reported fourth-quarter sales sharply lower on the previous year as the industry slowdown reached its networking, intelligent cellular and security unit...

  • Freenet reaches EUR 500 mln annual EBITDA for first time
    on March 1, 2024 at 9:39 am

    (Telecompaper) German operator Freenet said EBITDA reached the half-billion-euro mark for the first time in 2023...

  • HPE sales fall 14% in January quarter as networking market softens
    on March 1, 2024 at 8:33 am

    (Telecompaper) Hewlett Packard Enterprise has lowered its outlook for full-year results, after reporting weak sales in its fiscal first quarter to January...

  • Cellnex FY revenues up 16% to over EUR 4 bln, posts EUR 297 mln net loss
    on March 1, 2024 at 8:17 am

    (Telecompaper) Spanish operator Cellnex Telecom, Europe's largest mobile towers company, reported revenues up 16 percent to EUR 4.05 billion in 2023, above its...

  • O-RAN at MWC: A minimum viable profile, processors and more
    by Kelly Hill on February 29, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    BARCELONA—Open radio access networks have been a major theme at this week’s Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2024. Not only was an O-RAN Alliance meeting held in conjunction with MWC, but a number of announcements indicate the continued development of the ecosystem. According to O-RAN Alliance, during the course of MWC Barcelona there have been more The post O-RAN at MWC: A minimum viable profile, processors and more appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Palo Alto Networks combines with Ataya, Celona, Druid, others on private 5G security
    by James Blackman on February 29, 2024 at 1:36 pm

    Palo Alto Networks has said its 5G security software is now pre-integrated into the private 5G offerings from a number of core network and other service providers. The initial intake covers products from Ataya, Celona, Druid Software, NETSCOUT, NVIDIA, and NTT DATA. It is curious, perhaps, that Nokia is not on the list, having integrated The post Palo Alto Networks combines with Ataya, Celona, Druid, others on private 5G security appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • What is the Cloud?
    by gbryan@telegeography.com (Greg Bryan) on February 29, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    Welcome back to our five-part podcast special that seeks to demystify the internet.  Our last episode focused on data centers, but we didn’t get into what happens on the rows and rows of servers you would find in those facilities. So today we're explaining the cloud.

  • #TBT: LoRa’s path on the IoT trail; 5G, MEC at the Super Bowl; Boingo goes private … this week in 2021
    by RCR Wireless News on February 29, 2024 at 12:49 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 those sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! LoRa’s path on the IoT trail Picking up the thread again, we hear that The post #TBT: LoRa’s path on the IoT trail; 5G, MEC at the Super Bowl; Boingo goes private … this week in 2021 appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Itron picks Software AG to ‘expand AMI capabilities’ with LwM2M-Cumulocity combo
    by James Blackman on February 29, 2024 at 12:37 pm

    Utility metering specialist Itron has struck a deal with German enterprise software and data orchestration firm Software AG to use its Cumulocity IoT platform for management of low-power IoT devices. The pair will use the open Lightweight M2M (LwM2M) protocol to translate telemetry data between Itron’s IoT devices and Software AG’s cloud platform, across sundry The post Itron picks Software AG to ‘expand AMI capabilities’ with LwM2M-Cumulocity combo appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Dutch FTTH sector enters new phase after record homes passed in 2023 - study
    on February 29, 2024 at 10:26 am

    (Telecompaper) The Dutch fibre market experienced another record year in 2023 in terms of homes passed (HP), the latest Dutch FTTH Networks 2023 report from Telecompaper revealed...

  • KT CEO signals reorganisation as AI communications company
    on February 29, 2024 at 9:44 am

    (Telecompaper) KT CEO Kim Young-seop has outlined the operator's desire to transform into an "AICT company" by strengthening its AI capabilities and expanding its operation throughout the company...

  • Sky Italia launches debut 'Sky Mobile powered by Fastweb' offer
    on February 29, 2024 at 8:52 am

    (Telecompaper) Sky Italia has launched its debut mobile offer on the Fastweb network, backed by a major advertising campaign featuring former Juventus footballer Alessandro Del Piero...

  • Telia receives competition approval to sell Danish operations to Norlys
    on February 29, 2024 at 8:34 am

    (Telecompaper) Telia Company said it has received regulatory approval from the Danish Competition Authority (KFST) for its intended sale of Telia Denmark to Norlys...

  • Disney, Reliance confirm deal to merge TV businesses in India
    on February 28, 2024 at 3:55 pm

    (Telecompaper) Disney has announced a new joint venture with Indian multinational Reliance Industries and Mumbai-based media firm Viacom18 that will combine their local TV services Viacom18 and Star India...

  • Orange turns to Tencent to help grow super-app business in Africa
    on February 28, 2024 at 1:20 pm

    (Telecompaper) Orange Middle East and Africa (OMEA) announced a strategic partnership with Tencent Cloud to help expand features of the mobile operator's super-app Max it...

  • Two Minutes To Understand: How To Improve Collaboration and Productivity With UCaaS and AI
    by Yvanie Trouilleux on February 28, 2024 at 7:55 am

    In the ever-evolving landscape of workplace technology, and in particular with the development of hybrid work, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming pivotal in … Read more "Two Minutes To Understand: How To Improve Collaboration and Productivity With UCaaS and AI" The post Two Minutes To Understand: How To Improve Collaboration and Productivity With UCaaS and AI appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Introducing the 2024 Africa Telecommunications Map
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on February 26, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    If you liked last week's Submarine Cable Map reveal, you'll be stoked to hear that we've got another new map up our sleeve. Meet the 2024 Africa Telecommunications Map.

  • Flashback Friday: Submarine Cable Repair in the 1980s
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on February 23, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    If you've read over our Submarine Cable Frequently Asked Questions, you know that cable faults are common. On average, there are over 100 each year. Of course, as a society heavily dependent on these cables, we've gotten quite good at repairing them. But what was the repair process like a few decades ago? How were we fixing cables back in the era of the Walkman? Time for a trip down memory lane.

  • What Are Data Centers?
    by gbryan@telegeography.com (Greg Bryan) on February 22, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    We're back at it with episode three of our five-part podcast special that explains the nuts and bolts of the internet. You've come to the right place if you're looking to understand how all of those cat videos travel from the source to your phone.  We explained in episode two how the internet is made of transport networks to carry data over (mostly) fiber optic wires distributed around the world. And in the episode before that, we discussed how the internet is a network of networks operated by thousands of mostly private companies. But we haven’t yet covered exactly how and where those networks meet and exchange traffic with each other and access their destinations. So today, it's data center time.

  • Two Minutes To Understand: How To Ensure That Your Communications System Is Secure and Reliable
    by Yvanie Trouilleux on February 21, 2024 at 1:54 pm

    Protecting a company’s information and communications system is of paramount importance to CIOs. This task has become even more challenging with the exponential growth in the number of cyberattacks over … Read more "Two Minutes To Understand: How To Ensure That Your Communications System Is Secure and Reliable" The post Two Minutes To Understand: How To Ensure That Your Communications System Is Secure and Reliable appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • This Is Not a Drill: The 2024 Submarine Cable Map Is Here
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on February 19, 2024 at 12:59 pm

    Meet the latest addition to our map repertoire, the 2024 Submarine Cable Map. Sponsored by Telecom Egypt, this handsome new edition explores global connectivity from the sea to the cloud, depicting 559 cable systems and 1,636 landings that are currently active or under construction.

  • What is a Transport Network?
    by gbryan@telegeography.com (Greg Bryan) on February 15, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    Welcome back to our five-part podcast special that literally explains how the internet you know and love works. Last week we covered the most basic question: what is the internet? Today, we tunnel deeper, exploring the physical transport networks behind this seemingly invisible, omnipresent information superhighway.

  • Two Minutes To Understand: Why Should You Integrate Your Communications System With Other Business Tools?
    by Yvanie Trouilleux on February 15, 2024 at 7:00 am

    The number of professional tools and applications available on the market has grown considerably over recent years. However, the abundance of digital tools used on a daily basis is becoming … Read more "Two Minutes To Understand: Why Should You Integrate Your Communications System With Other Business Tools?" The post Two Minutes To Understand: Why Should You Integrate Your Communications System With Other Business Tools? appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Global Pricing Trends in a New Era
    by bboudreau@telegeography.com (Brianna Boudreau) on February 14, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    At this year’s Pacific Telecommunications Council conference, I spent some time talking through TeleGeography’s latest pricing research findings and tackling the most common questions we've received over the past year. In case you missed it, here's a recap of my Taylor Swift-themed presentation: Global Pricing Trends in a New Era.

  • What is the Internet?
    by gbryan@telegeography.com (Greg Bryan) on February 8, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    If you've caught TeleGeography's podcast, you'll know that we endeavor to explain the business behind human connection every week. We've chatted about Wi-Fi, WAN, and everything in between.  We've audaciously called our show TeleGeography Explains the Internet, but we've never properly explained how the internet works and how bits get pushed around the globe. Until now. That's right. We decided it was time to, quite literally, explain the internet.

  • Two Minutes To Understand: Why Migrate Your Phone System to the Cloud?
    by Yvanie Trouilleux on February 8, 2024 at 8:30 am

    Did you know that 40% of enterprises have planned to increase their budget for cloud platforms?1 In this short video, we explain why this trend has increased over the last few … Read more "Two Minutes To Understand: Why Migrate Your Phone System to the Cloud?" The post Two Minutes To Understand: Why Migrate Your Phone System to the Cloud? appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • China: The World’s Biggest 5G Market
    by pbell@telegeography.com (Pete Bell) on February 6, 2024 at 2:59 pm

    With an estimated 750 million active subscriptions at the end of September 2023, China has the world’s largest 5G mobile market by far.

  • 64 Reasons To Switch to RingCentral
    by Steve Rafferty on February 5, 2024 at 1:25 pm

    Economic uncertainty, increasing customer expectations and security concerns are just a few of the pressures businesses are up against today. The last thing you need as an IT or customer … Read more "64 Reasons To Switch to RingCentral" The post 64 Reasons To Switch to RingCentral appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • See You in São Paulo: Capacity LATAM 2024
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on February 2, 2024 at 5:34 pm

    If you haven't already marked your calendar for Capacity LATAM 2024, be sure to block off March 12-13.

  • 12 Customer Experience (CX) Trends To Watch in 2024
    by RingCentral Team on January 25, 2024 at 9:00 am

    In 2024, customer experience trends build on from the groundwork laid in 2023 and before. The digital age created increased opportunities for organisations to interact with the marketplace. Heightened customer expectations … Read more "12 Customer Experience (CX) Trends To Watch in 2024" The post 12 Customer Experience (CX) Trends To Watch in 2024 appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Ask the Expert: What Is Digital Darwinism and How Can Businesses Embrace It To Improve CX?
    by Samantha Clayton on January 23, 2024 at 9:18 am

    Welcome to another instalment of ‘Ask the Expert’, the series of interviews RingCentral runs with influential thought leaders from around the world, including UC and CX consultants and analysts. In … Read more "Ask the Expert: What Is Digital Darwinism and How Can Businesses Embrace It To Improve CX?" The post Ask the Expert: What Is Digital Darwinism and How Can Businesses Embrace It To Improve CX? appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • What Are RingCentral’s Latest CX Innovations?
    by Aurélie Daniel on January 15, 2024 at 9:00 am

    In today’s macroeconomic environment, many businesses are struggling to find the balance between scaling and modernising their business without overspending. And while no single technology is the magic solution to … Read more "What Are RingCentral’s Latest CX Innovations?" The post What Are RingCentral’s Latest CX Innovations? appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Data-Driven Decisions: Analytics Tools for Year-End Review
    by RingCentral Team on December 26, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Data-driven decision-making empowers businesses by using insights from data analysis to make strategic choices. It replaces reliance on intuition with evidence-backed solutions, tapping into both quantitative and qualitative data to … Read more "Data-Driven Decisions: Analytics Tools for Year-End Review" The post Data-Driven Decisions: Analytics Tools for Year-End Review appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Q4 Innovation Round-Up: RingCentral Events, new AI capabilities & more
    by Bryan Peddie on December 22, 2023 at 11:22 am

    As we step into the evolving workplace of 2024, RingCentral acknowledges the unique challenges organisations face today. From exhausted workforces to cost-cutting pressures and the accelerating wave of artificial intelligence … Read more "Q4 Innovation Round-Up: RingCentral Events, new AI capabilities & more" The post Q4 Innovation Round-Up: RingCentral Events, new AI capabilities & more appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.