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

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  • India starts major mobile spectrum auction selling over 10,000 MHz
    on June 25, 2024 at 7:03 am

    (Telecompaper) The Indian government has confirmed the start of a major mobile spectrum auction on 25 June. Over 10,000 MHz will be up for sale, with a minimum...

  • A ‘market shift’ toward NTN: GSMA Intelligence
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    GSMA Intelligence begins tracking NTN developments as satellite and telecom converge In a sign of the increasing convergence of telecom and satellite, GSMA Intelligence has put out its first quarterly tracker focused on satellite and Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN). The report identified 91 telecommunications operators with signed partnerships with satellite companies, through distribution agreements. Those partnerships The post A ‘market shift’ toward NTN: GSMA Intelligence appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • India boosts 6G cooperation with Europe
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on June 24, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    Bharat 6G Alliance is an initiative of the Indian industry, academia, national research institutions and standards organizations India’s Bharat 6G Alliance has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 6G Smart Networks and Services Industry Association (6G-IA) and 6G Flagship-Oulu University to boost research activities in the 6G field. The Bharat 6G Alliance is The post India boosts 6G cooperation with Europe appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Four Malaysian telcos finalize equity deals with DNB
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on June 24, 2024 at 4:34 pm

    Maxis, Telekom Malaysia, U Mobile, YTL and CelcomDigi had signed SSAs in December 2023 to collectively take a 70% stake in DNB Malaysian 5G wholesale operator Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) announced that four of five local carriers have met the deadline to complete their share subscription agreements (SSAs), paving the way for the launch of The post Four Malaysian telcos finalize equity deals with DNB appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Apple will not release gen AI features in Europe
    by Catherine Sbeglia Nin on June 24, 2024 at 4:25 pm

    Apple will also withhold iPhone Mirroring and SharePlay Screen Sharing in the EU this year Due to regulatory concerns relating to the European Parliament’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), Apple has said it will withhold the release of generative AI (gen AI) tools like its Apple Intelligence feature across the European Union (EU). In addition, Apple will also not The post Apple will not release gen AI features in Europe appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Vodafone Idea completes 5G minimum rollout obligations
    by Juan Pedro Tomás on June 24, 2024 at 4:18 pm

    Vodafone Idea had acquired spectrum in the 3.3 GHz and 26 GHz bands during the 2022 auctions Indian operator Vodafone Idea has completed its 5G rollout obligation in all the 17 telecom circles across the country, local press reported. The company had acquired spectrum in the 3.3 GHz and 26 GHz bands during the 2022 The post Vodafone Idea completes 5G minimum rollout obligations appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Arizona, Texas, Utah get $60m of federal funds for V2X deployments
    by James Blackman on June 24, 2024 at 4:07 pm

    The Department of Transportation in the U.S. (USDOT) has awarded $60 million in grants to transport administrations in the states of Arizona, Texas, and Utah to accelerate cellular-based vehicle-to-everything (V2X) deployments and set up as “national models” for V2X rollouts in the rest of the country. The funding comes via the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), The post Arizona, Texas, Utah get $60m of federal funds for V2X deployments appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Comcast offers Starlink satellite coverage for rural enterprises
    by James Blackman on June 24, 2024 at 2:59 pm

    US-based Comcast Business is to use Starlink’s low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites to extend mobile coverage for enterprise applications into under-served or unconnected regions. It is targeting enterprises in “multiple, disparate locations… where traditional networks do not reach”. The satellite service will also afford a way to enhance network redundancy for enterprise customers, it said. Comcast The post Comcast offers Starlink satellite coverage for rural enterprises appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Kagan: What’s the difference between 5G-A wireless and Huawei 5.5G?
    by Jeff Kagan on June 24, 2024 at 2:23 pm

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  • Apple curbs on iOS app steering violating EU competition law
    on June 24, 2024 at 1:38 pm

    (Telecompaper) Apple has yet to fully comply with the EU's Digital Markets Act, the European Commission confirmed...

  • America Movil to take over Chile's ClaroVTR
    on June 24, 2024 at 1:28 pm

    (Telecompaper) America Movil has confirmed that it will be taking control of Chilean operator ClaroVTR after its 50-50 partner Liberty Latin America decided not to...

  • TIM to close EUR 22 bln sale of NetCo on 01 July
    on June 24, 2024 at 12:40 pm

    (Telecompaper) Telecom Italia (TIM) said it will finalise the sale of its domestic fixed-line network NetCo to US fund KKR on 01 July, around eight months after its...

  • Cellular IoT market rallies in China, India – as rest of world struggles with long Covid
    by James Blackman on June 24, 2024 at 11:16 am

    The global cellular IoT market remains impacted by challenges with inventory and demand – except in China and India, where continued growth in sales of cellular meters and trackers, plus other devices, sent the overall IoT module market spiralling upwards by seven percent in the first quarter of 2024. The result, sparked by demand in The post Cellular IoT market rallies in China, India – as rest of world struggles with long Covid appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • DNA announces death of Telenor Nordics head Rostrup
    on June 24, 2024 at 10:14 am

    (Telecompaper) Finnish operator DNA has announced the death on 22 June of Joergen C Arentz Rostrup, head of Telenor Nordics and chairman of the DNA board of directors, after a sudden and unexpected illness on...

  • Ooredoo Group partners with Nvidia to pioneer AI services in MENA region
    on June 24, 2024 at 10:01 am

    (Telecompaper) Ooredoo Group announced it is becoming a Nvidia Cloud Partner, as part of its strategy to become a digital infrastructure provider in the MENA region...

  • T-Mo brings 5G slicing to NYC high-speed sailing race
    by Kelly Hill on June 21, 2024 at 5:25 pm

    5G-equipped cameras will ride under racing catamarans T-Mobile US will be supporting a high-speed sailing race in New York City this weekend with a hybrid 5G-Advanced network that includes network slicing capabilities, in order to ensure high-performance data transfers for live broadcasting. The Mubadala New York Sail Grand Prix at Governors Island, otherwise known as The post T-Mo brings 5G slicing to NYC high-speed sailing race appeared first on RCR Wireless News.

  • Post Luxembourg creates Deep to merge ICT and B2B telco activities into single entity
    on June 21, 2024 at 10:08 am

    (Telecompaper) Post Luxembourg announced a major reorganisation covering several of its businesses, which currently operate under the Post Telecom, EBRC, Elgon, and Digora brands...

  • Spain confirms extension of MNO spectrum licences by 10 years
    on June 21, 2024 at 10:02 am

    (Telecompaper) Spain's Ministry for Digital Transformation and Public Service has proceeded to extend spectrum concessions awarded prior to 2022 by an average of 10...

  • US imposes full ban on Kaspersky software due to security threat
    on June 21, 2024 at 7:47 am

    (Telecompaper) The US government has banned Kaspersky from distributing its anti-virus software and cybersecurity products in the country...

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  • We Asked WAN Managers About SD-WAN + SASE
    by gbryan@telegeography.com (Greg Bryan) on June 17, 2024 at 12:13 pm

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  • Pssst. What Does Your Network Configuration Look Like?
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  • Mike Constable Considers Infrastructure from Every Angle
    by jmiller@telegeography.com (Jayne Miller) on June 11, 2024 at 12:05 pm

    Mike Constable has logged many hours in digital infrastructure. He's the mind behind Infra-Analytics Pte Ltd, a strategic consulting and advisory firm. His experience boasts time spent time in leadership and strategic roles, commercial, technical, and project management positions on both the supply and investment side.

  • Seven Findings From Our Latest WAN Manager Survey
    by gbryan@telegeography.com (Greg Bryan) on June 6, 2024 at 11:55 am

    With a new normal of hybrid work established, trends in network services are once again changing. But unlike the shifts we saw in 2020, this time trends are fueled by technology and innovation—not huge outside forces like a global pandemic.

  • Bandwidth Price Erosion: Accelerating on Some Routes, Still Stalled on Others
    by bboudreau@telegeography.com (Brianna Boudreau) on June 3, 2024 at 11:50 am

    We’ve witnessed an unprecedented slowing of bandwidth price erosion globally over the past few years, as network investors, carriers, and customers grappled with delays in new network projects, existing system upgrades, and rising equipment costs. For the first time, many customers found themselves asking if prices were actually increasing and when price declines would return to typical levels. While the supply chain constraints and card shortages that spurred this trend have resolved themselves, geopolitical issues have not. As a result, recent price trends vary dramatically by region.

  • Where Are All the Internet Exchanges?
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    If you’re a regular on this blog, you're probably familiar with our submarine cable and cloud infrastructure maps. But you may not know about the third tool in our interactive map tool belt: the internet exchange map.

  • Why Does Diversity Matter for Submarine Cables?
    by amauldin@telegeography.com (Alan Mauldin) on May 28, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Last week, I joined Ciena’s Brian Lavallée and Colt’s Laurent Taieb for a live webinar all about submarine cable route diversity and sustainability. For my part, I covered why diversity matters for submarine cables—a very timely topic in light of recent events around the world.

  • Undersea Cables Are Fragile: Handle With Care
    by klee@telegeography.com (Kristin Lee) on May 23, 2024 at 12:02 pm

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  • Starlink Expanding in Africa
    by pbell@telegeography.com (Pete Bell) on May 21, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Starlink, the satellite broadband provider operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceX, is growing its presence in Africa. As of May 2024, Starlink’s services are live in eight African countries, with more launches planned for the coming months.

  • Optimise Your IT Investments with Unified Communications
    by RingCentral Team on April 12, 2024 at 1:10 pm

    The return on investment of IT projects is more relevant than ever in the current economic context. Modernisation projects, while becoming critical to maintaining a sustained pace of innovation, nonetheless … Read more "Optimise Your IT Investments with Unified Communications" The post Optimise Your IT Investments with Unified Communications appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Making AI Quality Management a Reality for Any Sized Business With RingCX
    by Bryan Peddie on April 12, 2024 at 9:03 am

    No business wants to operate in the dark. However, without a complete understanding of the customer experience, poor customer sentiment and agent behaviours can go unnoticed. Supervisors do their best … Read more "Making AI Quality Management a Reality for Any Sized Business With RingCX" The post Making AI Quality Management a Reality for Any Sized Business With RingCX appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • 9 Ways Small Businesses Use AI To Grow
    by RingCentral Team on April 12, 2024 at 8:09 am

    AI is changing the way we work, and small businesses might just be poised for the most radical transformations because of this technology. Intelligent automation, when properly used, can free … Read more "9 Ways Small Businesses Use AI To Grow" The post 9 Ways Small Businesses Use AI To Grow appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • The Spirit of Innovation and Collaboration in RingCentral’s Channel
    by RingCentral Team on April 10, 2024 at 7:45 am

    Founder and CEO of RingCentral, Vlad Shmunis, recently said RingCentral is an “AI-first, multi-product company, not just for the sake of innovation, but to create real, tangible value for those … Read more "The Spirit of Innovation and Collaboration in RingCentral’s Channel" The post The Spirit of Innovation and Collaboration in RingCentral’s Channel appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • RingCentral MVP Evolves to RingEX
    by RingCentral Team on April 9, 2024 at 8:00 am

    AI Meets Trusted Communications It’s with immense excitement that we announce a significant evolution in our journey. RingCentral MVP is now RingEX, a change that marks more than just a … Read more "RingCentral MVP Evolves to RingEX" The post RingCentral MVP Evolves to RingEX appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • 5 Things To Consider When Switching Your Cloud Communications Provider
    by Samantha Clayton on April 8, 2024 at 12:49 pm

    Many companies adopted UCaaS during the pandemic and were forced to make quick decisions about providers. Now, several years down the line, some of these companies are finding that the … Read more "5 Things To Consider When Switching Your Cloud Communications Provider" The post 5 Things To Consider When Switching Your Cloud Communications Provider appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Ask the Expert: What Are the UK’s 2024 Customer Experience Trends?
    by Samantha Clayton on April 8, 2024 at 7:00 am

    To shed some light on how the customer experience will evolve this year, RingCentral’s Ian Nevin, Director of International Consultant Relations, invited Bruno Teyton, Associate Vice President Networks and Telecommunications … Read more "Ask the Expert: What Are the UK’s 2024 Customer Experience Trends?" The post Ask the Expert: What Are the UK’s 2024 Customer Experience Trends? appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • RingCentral Reimagines the Business Phone System with Real-Time AI
    by RingCentral Team on April 5, 2024 at 8:29 am

    A new era of AI at work In today’s dynamic work landscape, integrated collaboration and customer experiences are the cornerstones for businesses to provide a seamless user journey: from marketing … Read more "RingCentral Reimagines the Business Phone System with Real-Time AI" The post RingCentral Reimagines the Business Phone System with Real-Time AI appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • Vodafone and RingCentral: Empowering SMEs To Grow Competitively
    by Lulu Zhao on March 20, 2024 at 9:00 am

    It’s certainly not the easiest time to be an SME right now (small and medium sized enterprise), what with high operating costs, lack of affordable credit, and skills shortages. Yet … Read more "Vodafone and RingCentral: Empowering SMEs To Grow Competitively" The post Vodafone and RingCentral: Empowering SMEs To Grow Competitively appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.

  • How To Simplify Your Business Communications: A Video Series To Help You Find Out Everything You Need To Know
    by Yvanie Trouilleux on March 13, 2024 at 12:50 pm

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