Expect the biggest technological advancements the industry has seen in years.
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.
- Amidst slowing RAN sales, Samsung and Fujitsu gain market share – reportby Peter Cohen on May 20, 2022 at 5:30 pm
2G-5G Radio Access Network (RAN) infrastructure sales slowed to their lowest point in two years while OpenRAN and vRAN sales set new records. The post Amidst slowing RAN sales, Samsung and Fujitsu gain market share – report appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- AT&T, Dish strike deal on internet service distributionby Kelly Hill on May 20, 2022 at 5:18 pm
Dish Network customers will be able to buy AT&T internet services, including gig-speed fiber, under a new distribution agreement between the two companies. As of this week, new and existing Dish customers can order AT&T internet services by contacting Dish. Dish already provides internet services via fiber, Fixed Wireless Access, satellite or cable partners, rather The post AT&T, Dish strike deal on internet service distribution appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- India considers use of power infrastructure for 5G small cells deploymentsby Juan Pedro Tomás on May 20, 2022 at 4:50 pm
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- Canada to ban Huawei and ZTE from 5G networksby Juan Pedro Tomás on May 20, 2022 at 4:34 pm
The Government of Canada said that local telcos will have time until June 2024 to remove 5G gear from these two vendors Canada has decided to ban the use of equipment by Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE due to security concerns. “The Government of Canada is ensuring the long term safety of our telecommunications infrastructure. The post Canada to ban Huawei and ZTE from 5G networks appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- Ofcom considers allowing O2 and Vodafone use existing licenses for 5Gby Juan Pedro Tomás on May 20, 2022 at 4:31 pm
Ofcom said the proposed changes would allow these telcos to deploy new technologies, including 5G U.K. telecommunications services regulator Ofcom has proposed an update of some licenses held by mobile operators Vodafone and O2 (Telefonica) with the aim of enabling the deployment of 5G using those frequencies. “In response to requests from Vodafone and Telefónica, The post Ofcom considers allowing O2 and Vodafone use existing licenses for 5G appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- Test and Measurement: Viavi supports gigabit fiber deployment in Italyby Kelly Hill on May 20, 2022 at 4:25 pm
Viavi Solutions is expanding its relationship with Italian wholesale fiber company Open Fiber, which has plans for a major fiber expansion and aims to provide “100 percent ultra-broadband coverage with gigabit speeds for the whole of Italy,” according to a release. Open Fiber says that it currently provides connectivity for 300 different national and international The post Test and Measurement: Viavi supports gigabit fiber deployment in Italy appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- Emrit Webinar: Disrupting wireless. Learn how decentralized wireless is changing a trillion-dollar global industryby Emrit (Sponsored) on May 20, 2022 at 4:05 pm
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- Motorola and GlobalFoundries agreement safeguards chip supply for public safety radiosby Catherine Sbeglia Nin on May 20, 2022 at 3:46 pm
GlobalFoundries manufactures silicon-germanium chips for Motorola’s public safety, professional and commercial radios To safeguard the supply of chip solutions needed for its radios, Motorola Solutions has entered a long-term agreement with GlobalFoundries (GF), which manufactures silicon-germanium (SiGe) chips for Motorola’s public safety, professional and commercial radios at its Vermont facility. Global supply-chain constraints, driven mostly The post Motorola and GlobalFoundries agreement safeguards chip supply for public safety radios appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- From NFV to SaaS on the path to programmabilityby Sean Kinney, Editor in Chief on May 20, 2022 at 1:49 pm
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- How rApp ecosystems drive network optimization, service monetization and user experienceby Rebecca Traynor on May 20, 2022 at 1:34 pm
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- Two Truths and a Lie: Submarine Cable Editionby email@example.com (Kristin Lee) on May 20, 2022 at 11:52 am
In honor of Subsea World 2022 happening next month, let's play two truths and a lie: submarine cable edition. One of these three statements is false:
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- Canada bans Huawei, ZTE from 5G networkson May 20, 2022 at 6:11 am
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Smartphone shipments in North America clocked in at 39 million units in Q1 2022, contrasting with Chinese figures which have taken a nosedive.
- Back for a second year – RCR Wireless News and Enterprise IoT Insights present the Private Networks Global Forum 2022by RCR Wireless News on May 19, 2022 at 4:37 pm
RCR Wireless News and Enterprise IoT Insights are proud to announce Cambridge Consultants, Intel, MulteFire Alliance, Nokia, Qualcomm, Viavi Solutions, Mavenir and One Layer as event sponsors for the 2nd annual Private Networks Global Forum, taking place virtually on May 24th. This day-long virtual event will discuss the various different private network deployment models, key The post Back for a second year – RCR Wireless News and Enterprise IoT Insights present the Private Networks Global Forum 2022 appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- Xiaomi halves profit in Q1 on lower smartphone shipmentson May 19, 2022 at 2:19 pm
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Dish Network is boosting its fixed Internet service portfolio via a new distribution deal with AT&T that will allow it to extend its fibre reach.
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US telco giant AT&T aims to capitalise on the growth of hybrid working with the launch of a wireless WAN service.
- Global Accessibility Awareness Day: 4 Things Businesses Should Knowby Samantha Clayton on May 19, 2022 at 9:41 am
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- China Mobile Li Junwei: 50G PON Is the Next Generationby Rebecca Traynor on May 19, 2022 at 9:33 am
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- Orange extends phone recycling scheme across Europeby Andrew Wooden on May 19, 2022 at 9:25 am
French telco group Orange is expanding its ‘Re’ scheme, which provides phone recycling, refurbishment, repairs and returns, across all the European regions it operates in.
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Chinese smartphone sales have fallen off a cliff this year as the country continues to try to close its borders to a virus.
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- Bansal leaves as part of major Ericsson restructureby Nick Wood on May 18, 2022 at 11:12 am
Swedish kit vendor Ericsson has created two new divisions in order to capitalise on cloud-native networking and the adoption of private mobile networks.
- BT uses ‘excited atoms’ to supercharge 5Gby Andrew Wooden on May 18, 2022 at 11:10 am
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- Telcos customer service still not good enough in UK and USby Mary Lennighan on May 18, 2022 at 11:09 am
Telecoms operators on both sides of the Atlantic still have work to do when it comes to customer service and satisfaction.
- Vivo unveils X80 flagship smartphone serieson May 18, 2022 at 9:42 am
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- Clearfield agrees to buy Nestor Cables for USD 23 mln, plans to start Mexican production in 2023on May 18, 2022 at 7:56 am
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- Ericsson and Intel open cloud RAN technology hub in Californiaby Andrew Wooden on May 17, 2022 at 4:59 pm
The straightforwardly titled Ericsson-Intel Tech Hub will be tasked with coming up with new cloud RAN applications to release to the market.
- Vodafone cites German performance as drag on 2022 resultsby Andrew Wooden on May 17, 2022 at 2:13 pm
UK operator group Vodafone pointed to an ‘unsatisfactory' commercial performance in Germany as well as inflation as main pain points in its FY2022 financial results.
- The Musk Twitter saga hits an impasseby Scott Bicheno on May 17, 2022 at 2:13 pm
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- EU and US step up collaboration on tech and supply chain issuesby Andrew Wooden on May 17, 2022 at 10:59 am
The second EU-US Trade and Technology Council (TTC) meeting in Paris fleshed out various areas of transatlantic cooperation, including semiconductor supplies and AI policy.
- Indian PM makes highly ambitious 6G pledgeby Mary Lennighan on May 17, 2022 at 10:54 am
India is working towards the launch of 6G services by the end of the decade, we were somewhat surprised to hear the country's prime minister announce on Tuesday.
- Africell off to a Strong Start in Angolaby firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Bell) on May 16, 2022 at 11:54 am
The pan-African telecom group Africell has broken Angola’s long-standing mobile market duopoly with its launch on April 7. If initial reports are correct, Africell has hit the ground running, attracting around two million subscriptions in its first month of operation.
- What is a Virtual Agent: The Uses to Contact Centres & User Experienceby Allyn Jayawon on May 13, 2022 at 11:02 am
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- New AI features and more to overcome hybrid work frustrationsby Esther Yoon on May 10, 2022 at 10:00 am
How we work today feels very different to how it did just a year ago. With the proliferation of hybrid working, we face new challenges. Meeting fatigue, back-to-back meetings and … Read more "New AI features and more to overcome hybrid work frustrations" The post New AI features and more to overcome hybrid work frustrations appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.
- Settle In for Some Submarine Cable Triviaby email@example.com (Kristin Lee) on May 9, 2022 at 11:51 am
Have you been playing the secret cable trivia hosted on our interactive submarine cable map? If you haven’t, look for the icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the map. Submit the correct answer and you’ll be entered to win a free submarine cable map in our monthly drawing. In February, we released the answers to our first three questions. Now it’s time to reveal a new batch of answers.
- Google Voice Alternatives: 10 Picks for Businesses UKby Allyn Jayawon on May 6, 2022 at 1:54 pm
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- Ringside: Insider Interview with Amy Curbeloby Samantha Clayton on May 6, 2022 at 11:16 am
Welcome to Ringside. For new readers, this series asks inspiring people from all sorts of roles about their experiences in business. Beyond this, we like to hear all about what’s … Read more "Ringside: Insider Interview with Amy Curbelo" The post Ringside: Insider Interview with Amy Curbelo appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.
- Team Huddle: How to Implement a Short Productive Team Meetingby Allyn Jayawon on May 5, 2022 at 12:17 pm
When you hear the term team huddle, the first thing you probably picture is a sports team, standing in a circle, the captain saying a few encouraging words before play … Read more "Team Huddle: How to Implement a Short Productive Team Meeting" The post Team Huddle: How to Implement a Short Productive Team Meeting appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.
- The Top 10 High-Quality Call Centre Headsets You Can Pair With RingCentral Phone Systemsby Allyn Jayawon on May 4, 2022 at 11:33 am
Call centres are hubs of communication, whether they’re used for sales or customer support, so it’s important for call centre agents to make a good first impression. Without the right … Read more "The Top 10 High-Quality Call Centre Headsets You Can Pair With RingCentral Phone Systems" The post The Top 10 High-Quality Call Centre Headsets You Can Pair With RingCentral Phone Systems appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.
- The Need for NaaSby firstname.lastname@example.org (Jayne Miller) on May 3, 2022 at 12:03 pm
Our readers likely know about NaaS: cloud-based network architecture that allows a WAN manager to stitch together different enterprise network components in a self-service, automated way. At the WAN Manager Podcast, we've been watching the ways in which NaaS has emerged as specific products/solutions from vendors, as well as how it integrates with existing WAN strategies from the enterprise side.
- One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Mapkindby email@example.com (Kristin Lee) on April 25, 2022 at 11:52 am
No, that wasn’t a typo. NASA is teaming up with lidar company Aeva to 3D map the moon—a tricky feat without GPS. If you’re a map lover like us, this ought to grab your attention. The prototype is small enough for an astronaut to wear as a backpack and able to map its surroundings in real time.
- Considering Cloud Connectivity Providersby firstname.lastname@example.org (Greg Bryan) on April 21, 2022 at 11:50 am
If you’re an enterprise network manager in need of a dedicated cloud connection service, you’re in luck; you’ve got a wide array of service providers and locations to choose from. You could set up a link directly with the cloud provider, but why not use a third-party—such as a carrier, colocation provider, or connectivity specialist? The question then changes. Who are you going to choose? And where will you set up your connections? This often depends on the location of your enterprise WAN in relation to the cloud providers’ regions or data centers. In this analysis, we’ll explore the options available to network managers—to help them connect to cloud provider networks and to map where these cloud on-ramps and regions are located.
- SASE Isn't Revolutionary. It's Evolutionary.by email@example.com (Jayne Miller) on April 19, 2022 at 12:02 pm
Here's a hot take: the networking hype cycle has moved on from SD-WAN in favor of SASE and now SSE.
- The Best Workplace Chat Software Alternatives for Businessby Allyn Jayawon on April 19, 2022 at 9:00 am
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- World Voice Day: Why Voice Communication Matters in a New Era of Workby Samantha Clayton on April 14, 2022 at 1:12 pm
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- Cost Effective VoIP Service: How to Choose the Best Oneby Samantha Clayton on April 14, 2022 at 9:00 am
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- Meet the Cellcos Serving Rural America: Part 1by firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Leins) on April 13, 2022 at 11:58 am
The U.S. mobile market is notoriously ultra-competitive, and household names like Sprint aren't the only ones to have been squeezed out in recent years. Since 2020, Verizon Wireless has snapped up regional players such as Chat Mobility, Bluegrass Cellular, Triangle Mobile, and Chariton Valley Communications. Tellingly, all four operators were participants in the telecom giant’s “LTE in Rural America” program, which leased 700MHz of spectrum to regional players in areas where Verizon had no intention of deploying infrastructure. After going live in 2010, the project was completed in October 2015, when all 21 participants were confirmed to be operational. At the program’s peak, operators collectively covered more than 2.7 million people across 169 rural counties in 15 states. Despite Verizon’s low-key takeover spree, dozens of smaller players continue to thrive in the U.S. This week we take a deep dive into the regional cellular scene and uncover the cellcos serving rural America.
- Running a Network for a Healthcare Company. During a Pandemic.by email@example.com (Jayne Miller) on April 12, 2022 at 11:55 am
Two years ago—when the world shut down—WAN managers had to scramble to accommodate massive changes. Offices transitioned to remote work and navigated brand new traffic patterns. Our guest on this week's WAN Manager Podcast navigated the added challenge of running a network within the healthcare industry, where business needs were changing in real-time.
- Next Stop, Düsseldorf: The WAN Summit Returns to Germanyby TeleGeography Staff on April 11, 2022 at 11:59 am
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