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Disrupting Telecommunications in 2020 by Force

A talk by Dave Johnsen

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April 17, 2015 12:00 PM



With the growth of telecommunications, a lot of good things have been said for its upcoming growth and development. Almost all people are predicting a big dependency on telecommunications using mobile, laptop or tablet media. Not only are the users increasing each day but the providers as well.

Thousands of telecommunication networks exist and is continuously emerging finding the market of the industry a good investment. There are the famous AT&T in America and in Asia, Indosat, XL Axiata, a subsidiary of Axis Capital Group of telecommunication networks based in Malaysia and has expanded to Jakarta and PT Telekomsel are the major networks which compete in the 4th most populous country of the world, Indonesia.

However though, is there anyone who is concerned of the factors that may impact the quality of telecommunication in, let’s say, five years from now? Possible changes may be as follows:

  1. Content

With the demand and complaints of connection and the competition so fierce, things become cheaper and cheaper. The law of supply and demand will be materialized in this situation. The cost of providing such a service keeps falling, and competition means that the price keeps getting smaller and smaller in a strong, negative feedback loop. Connectivity is capturing an ever-smaller proportion of the information value chain, while content, service, and product deliverers capture ever-more.

  1. Traffic

A new coined word, Thingification or the internet of things will be a big issue in the near future. A lot of data will be uploaded online with a lot of devices used. If we are only using terabyte hard drives for now, expect to use a device that can cater a million gigabyte file. The upswing of all of these devices will be an astronomical growth in data volumes; we will quickly push through Exabyte volumes and enter the world of zettabytes per year.

  1. Wireless-ness

Global growth of mobile connectivity is far outpacing hardline connectivity. This makes sense, as most growth is occurring in the developing world and amongst poorer populations. Such consumers may not even own a home, let alone a FiOS connection. For these people, mobile are cheaper, more convenient, and more useful, even when landline connectivity is an option.

  1. Threat

Since there are a lot of essential data in the net and a lot of highly confidential information are stored in a cloud, the demand for safer use of internet and protection against hackers and scammers will surely increase. Customers will begin to expect, and then demand more proactive protection from the entire internet value chain, and carriers will be expected to support these expectations with a range of technical and operational innovations. The desire for greater security may be a boon for carriers, if they embrace the need.

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