The Telecom industry has transformed significantly in the last 20 years. Every transformation has brought new ways of doing things, new services, and new lifestyles. It put a lot of technology in our hands and our life has become driven by devices and technologies. One may have felt, what we have in terms of communication is good enough, and that we don’t need many more changes in communication infrastructure; however, the recent pandemic has changed our perspective and we have started to think about use cases such as telehealth and remote surgery that people were not previously comfortable with. Similarly, the lack of in-person interaction and the onset of remote working and remote education enabled more use cases such as telepresence. A lot of these changes are here to stay. Another trend with FinTech and the desire to have control over our data and privacy is putting new requirements on the network.
With many of these applications requiring low latency, the network edge will be highly decentralized. The cloudification and decentralization will drive many changes in the rest of the network.
• Most of our network and application architectures today are centralized, meaning data is collected and processed in central locations. With edge and decentralization, this will go through a major transformation.
• We talk about the hybrid cloud and disaggregated/peer-to-peer services, but are our mobile network elements built to handle the new services and use cases and network demands?
• Autonomous networks are going to be a table stake in the future of the distributed/disaggregated networks.
• It will be a big mindset change for vendors, Enterprises, CSPs, and consumers in every segment.