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.
- Apple quarterly revenues up 36% with new sales records in all regionson July 27, 2021 at 8:52 pm
(Telecompaper) Apple announced revenues of USD 81.4 billion for its fiscal third quarter to June, up 36 percent from a year earlier...
- ‘I’m a builder, not a seller’: EXFO’s Germain Lamonde opens up about all those offers from Viaviby Kelly Hill on July 27, 2021 at 4:32 pm
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- Virgin Media O2 selects Ericsson for 5G Standalone deploymentby Juan Pedro Tomás on July 27, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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- Singapore’s IMDA aims to award additional 5G spectrum by end-2021by Juan Pedro Tomás on July 27, 2021 at 2:15 pm
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- Qualcomm Webinar: Maximizing Wi-Fi 6 Performance: How highly optimized scheduling and next-gen features deliver the best of Wi-Fi 6by Qualcomm on July 27, 2021 at 2:01 pm
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- Nokia Design: Bringing 5G Home (Sponsored)by RCR Wireless News and Nokia on July 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm
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- Vodafone and Three want more UK government help with 5Gby Scott Bicheno on July 27, 2021 at 12:57 pm
Two UK telcos are urging the government to do more to push 5G along, especially in the areas of manufacturing and FWA, for the good of the country of course.
- Eurobites: KPN turns a corner in Q2by Paul Rainford on July 27, 2021 at 12:53 pm
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- Intel vows to regain chip leadership from TSMC and Samsung by 2025by Wei Shi on July 27, 2021 at 12:46 pm
Once dominant chip maker Intel shared its R&D and foundry roadmaps for the next four years, during which it plans to regain the global leader position, and unveiled two marquee customers in AWS and Qualcomm.
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According Verizon’s Senior Vice President for Nationwide Small Business Wendy Taccetta, small businesses are usually the last to bounce back after a financial crisis like the one we saw during Covid-19. But, she says, this time it can be different thanks to the advances in technology. The post Well, technically… Verizon has small business tools you probably don’t know about: Verizon’s Wendy Taccetta (Ep. 47) appeared first on RCR Wireless News.
- How CSPs can leverage automation to deliver superior customer service (Reader Forum)by Joel Cherkis,VP of Global Industries, UiPath on July 27, 2021 at 11:00 am
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- Lumen flogs its Latin American business for $2.7 billionby Scott Bicheno on July 27, 2021 at 10:57 am
US B2B comms company has delivered on its promise to dispose of non-core assets by selling its LatAm operations to hedge fund Stonepeak.
- The Convergence of Communication and Computation with Dr. Vida Ilderemby RCR Wireless News on July 27, 2021 at 8:00 am
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- HMD Global expands Nokia range with rugged phone, new audio range and Spotify dealon July 27, 2021 at 7:55 am
(Telecompaper) HMD Global is expanding its range of products under the Nokia brand. The new devices include the rugged XR20 smartphone, the entry-level C30 and a new Nokia 6310 feature phone...
- KPN returns to growth in Q2 with small rise in underlying revenues, EBITDAon July 27, 2021 at 6:52 am
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- Intel signs up Qualcomm, AWS for new foundry serviceson July 27, 2021 at 6:43 am
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- The Sunday Brief: AT&T and Verizon Q2 Results – Different, Yet Similarby Jim Patterson on July 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm
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- What does the UK government’s Telecoms Security Bill mean for the future of the industry?by Scott Bicheno on July 26, 2021 at 1:49 pm
The bill aims to ensure that public telecommunications providers operate secure and resilient networks and services, and manage their supply chains appropriately.
- The Telecoms.com Podcast: China Mobile, dumb pipes and bugbearsby @telecoms on July 26, 2021 at 1:34 pm
Cherish this one because it will be the last pod for a few weeks, as the lads attempt to holiday in the time of Covid. They start with a review of China Mobile’s recent tender process for a bunch of 5G work, which resulted in non-Chinese vendors getting just a 6% share. They move on to the eternal topic of telcos as dumb pipes, examining what hope there is for them ever to be otherwise, and conclude with Scott and Iain having a rant about some of their current bugbears.
- Hellas Sat completes live demonstration of 5G satellite backhauling for remote areason July 26, 2021 at 1:15 pm
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- Lumen sells LatAm unit to Stonepeak for USD 2.7 blnon July 26, 2021 at 12:48 pm
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- DVB Project starts work on specifications for TV over 5Gon July 26, 2021 at 12:32 pm
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- Eurobites: Telefónica moves further into data analyticsby Paul Rainford on July 26, 2021 at 11:51 am
Also in today's EMEA regional round-up: Telecom Italia prepares for DAZN probe; Nokia gets into testbeds with Greece's 5G Ventures; Virgin Media O2 sets up 'national databank' for the barely connected.
- Ericsson gets Virgin Media O2 5G SA core gigby Scott Bicheno on July 26, 2021 at 11:45 am
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- Vodafone reportedly seeking to further reduce its exposure to Indiaby Scott Bicheno on July 26, 2021 at 11:20 am
Last week the Indian Supreme Court rejected another appeal to lower the amount of money operators owe the government and it looks like Vodafone is running out of patience.
- Telefonica and Television de Galicia carry out first Spanish 5G broadcaston July 26, 2021 at 8:34 am
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- Best Conference Phones for Small Businesses and Enterprisesby Ashima Bhatt on July 26, 2021 at 8:00 am
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- Myanmar Mobile Meltdown: Telenor’s Timeline of Telecom Turmoilby firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Leins) on July 23, 2021 at 11:49 am
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- US Senators bid to amend Section 230 to censor social mediaby Scott Bicheno on July 23, 2021 at 10:35 am
A couple of Democrat Senators want to make social media companies liable for public health ‘misinformation’ on their platforms.
- How Conversational AI Facilitates Smart Routingby Patty Yan on July 23, 2021 at 10:21 am
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- UK consumers getting more for less in telecoms, but prices are going upby Mary Lennighan on July 23, 2021 at 10:03 am
Consumers in the UK are paying less for their communications services than they were five years ago, even though data usage is increasing, according to Ofcom's latest Pricing Trends report.
- It’s towers up, small cells down for buoyant Crown Castleby Mary Lennighan on July 23, 2021 at 9:59 am
Crown Castle has upped its full-year guidance for the second time this after posting a strong set of quarterlies on the back of 5G growth in the US.
- Twitter adds 7 mln users in Q2, beats revenue expectationson July 23, 2021 at 8:07 am
(Telecompaper) Twitter said revenues passed expectations in the second quarter, rising 74 percent from the year before to USD 1.9 billion...
- Snap to pass billion-dollar mark in Q3 revenues after stronger-than-expected Q2on July 23, 2021 at 7:28 am
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- UK government ties itself in knots over social media censorshipby Scott Bicheno on July 22, 2021 at 5:27 pm
The UK government wants to protect us from online horridness but seems confused about how best to go about it while also protecting freedom of speech.
- How to Grow Your Contact Centre Business with Automated Answering Systemsby Patty Yan on July 22, 2021 at 3:26 pm
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- AT&T turns telco in Latin America tooby Mary Lennighan on July 22, 2021 at 12:45 pm
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- Nokia teams up with consulting firm CGI to create ‘5G lab’ in Londonby Scott Bicheno on July 22, 2021 at 12:19 pm
Tech consulting giant CGI will use Nokia kit in a new 5G lab that is intended to showcase how great it is.
- Spain nets €1 billion in lacklustre 700 MHz saleby Mary Lennighan on July 22, 2021 at 10:33 am
Spain has finally auctioned off spectrum in the 700 MHz band, but bidding was lacklustre at best, with the final total only just exceeding the reserve price.
- Bharti does 5G OpenRAN deal with Intelby Mary Lennighan on July 21, 2021 at 4:35 pm
Bharti Airtel has inked a mobile networks deal with Intel that will see it tap into the flexibility of OpenRAN technology as it rolls out 5G.
- Verizon also entrusts its messaging and RCS to Googleby Wei Shi on July 21, 2021 at 11:22 am
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- OpenRAN is unlocking innovation but also raises several challengesby Guest author on July 21, 2021 at 11:11 am
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- Viavi’s improved offer is once more dismissed by Exfoby Scott Bicheno on July 21, 2021 at 10:50 am
The drama never stops in the crazy world of telecoms test and measurement, with US outfit Viavi persisting with its unsolicited bids for Canadian rival Exfo.
- The Online Course Industry Outlook (and a Bit of History)by Blair Williams on July 21, 2021 at 10:16 am
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- Top 10 Online Collaboration Tools For Team Productivityby Allyn Jayawon on July 21, 2021 at 9:00 am
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- What is Business Collaboration? Benefits, Types & Collaboration Ideasby Allyn Jayawon on July 20, 2021 at 9:00 am
With more and more of us working remotely, business collaboration is a powerful tool that can grow your business and generate exciting new ideas. Many businesses have already begun using … Read more "What is Business Collaboration? Benefits, Types & Collaboration Ideas" The post What is Business Collaboration? Benefits, Types & Collaboration Ideas appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.
- Top 50 UK Franchise Opportunities to Buy & Own This Yearby Marjorie Hajim on July 19, 2021 at 12:05 pm
Buying a franchise is often viewed as a shortcut to owning a business. Traditional ownership means taking absolute responsibility from day one. Small business owners need to develop a viable … Read more "Top 50 UK Franchise Opportunities to Buy & Own This Year" The post Top 50 UK Franchise Opportunities to Buy & Own This Year appeared first on RingCentral UK Blog.
- Five Network Managers, Five Network Management Storiesby email@example.com (Jayne Miller) on July 19, 2021 at 11:48 am
Who here has been keeping up with season 2 of the WAN Manager Podcast? If you haven't been listening, there's no time like the present to catch up. We collected five stellar first-person stories from the WAN managers who have popped by the pod over the last year. These experts relate their perspectives on everything from security to SD-WAN adoption, network transformation, and MPLS. Keep scrolling to take in their use cases. And head over here to find all of our recent episodes.
- A Guide to Mobile Technology for Small Business Ownersby Jyoti Patel on July 19, 2021 at 10:28 am
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- 4 tips for resource management across teamsby Rachel Weaver on July 19, 2021 at 7:29 am
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- 10 Best Messaging Apps and How to Choose the Right One for Youby Matteo Kotch on July 16, 2021 at 12:46 pm
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- Data, Devices, and the Risks of Our Digital Worldby firstname.lastname@example.org (Jayne Miller) on July 15, 2021 at 12:09 pm
We wanted to pop by and share a few summer stories that our team has been reading lately. We suggest you start with the Foreign Policy number we linked below. This piece prods at the geography of digitalization—more specifically, the "systemic vulnerabilities across public and private networks and dangerous weaknesses in supply chains."
- NaaS, Cloud, and the Future of 5Gby email@example.com (Jayne Miller) on July 12, 2021 at 12:05 pm
Listeners know that we've covered middle mile and NaaS on this show. And we've touched on the various companies that are emerging around these issues. Today we're getting extra perspective from one of those companies.
- Scandinavian Trio Concentrate on Home Marketsby firstname.lastname@example.org (Pete Bell) on July 8, 2021 at 11:48 am
Scandinavian telco groups Telenor, Telia, and Tele2 have followed a similar international strategy over the past decade: exit most or all of their Eastern European and Asian operations to concentrate on business closer to home. The disposals have been attributed to a number of factors depending on the market, including financial pressures, political unrest, and allegations of corruption.
- The Very Definition of SD-WANby email@example.com (Jayne Miller) on July 6, 2021 at 11:50 am
When TeleGeography started tracking the SD-WAN market in 2017, we found dozens of vendors with a service they were calling "SD-WAN." But are all of these services created equal? What does it take for your solution to qualify as SD-WAN?
- The CommsUpdate Stories You've Been Reading (So Far) in 2021by firstname.lastname@example.org (Jayne Miller) on June 30, 2021 at 12:05 pm
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- BorgWarner's Big SD-WAN Adventureby email@example.com (Jayne Miller) on June 28, 2021 at 12:03 pm
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- The Billionaire Dealmaker Who Just Acquired a 12.1% Stake in BTby firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Leins) on June 24, 2021 at 11:56 am
Telecom tycoon Patrick Drahi was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1963, before moving to France as a teenager. His cosmopolitan reputation precedes him. He currently holds Israeli, French, and Portuguese citizenship. A renowned art lover, his 2019 takeover of British auction house Sotheby’s thrust him into the UK media spotlight. Understandably, his recent £2.2 billion ($3.1 billion) acquisition of a 12.1% stake in British communications giant BT has only intensified scrutiny on the notoriously private Drahi.
- All About That $8 Billion in Subsea Cable Investmentby email@example.com (Jayne Miller) on June 22, 2021 at 11:55 am
Have you seen an $8 billion figure floating around the internet over the last week? Specifically that we could see $8 billion in new cable investments over the next three years? It's true—and you can explore our 2021 submarine cable map to see what that's about.