Posted by Mae Kowalke on Saturday, June 11, 2016 with No comments
This week's roundup of telecom news is a mixture of predictions about the future of the industry, and a look at how operators, vendors, and development organizations are preparing for that future, touching on: the growth of IP traffic and Wi-Fi hotspots, commercial Internet of Things networks, the purpose of small cells, the evolution of machine learning, and what it will take to step up network security.
IP Traffic Will Surpass 2 Zettabytes By 2020
The numbers are mind-boggling: more than a billion new internet users and even more devices will push annual global IP traffic to 2.3 zettabytes by 2020, Cisco predicts in its latest Visual Networking Index. Network Computing article.
Public Wi-Fi hotspots to grow to 432M globally by 2020, suggesting possible threat to carriers
Cisco also predicts that, by 2020, the number of public Wi-Fi hotspots will grow seven times from 2015 figures. What does that mean for wireless carriers? Fierce Wireless article.
As NB-IoT nears completion, GSA predicts 20 commercial networks by late 2017
So far, 24 mobile operators have committed to supporting the NB-IoT standard, and that commitment will lead to 20 narrowband networks in commercial operation by end of 2017, GSA predicts. TelecomTV article.
Small Cell Forum expands its focus from coverage to use cases
What's the point of deploying small cells? It's not just about improved network coverage. TelecomTV article.
What does the future hold for smart machines and software bots? Silicon Valley is focused on automation, while in the 'real world' humans will use AI in a different way. InfoWorld article.
Network Security: Innovation in Isolation?
To avoid suffering a repeat of the missed cloud services opportunity that still haunts telcos, communications service providers must work together to take the lead in the security services market. Light Reading article.