Mobile devices continue to rapidly increase in number and accessibility. Almost half a billion (429 million) mobile devices and connections were added in 2016 alone1. They’ve become ingrained into our lives, from helping us keep track of our contacts and updating our meeting and activity calendar, to snapping complex panoramic or burst photographs, to serving as the vehicle for a complex multimedia presentation streamed around the world.
The proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with numerous potential benefits. Baby monitors, smart meters, even the connected car are all made possible by IoT technology. With this, the sheer volume of IoT connected devices is projected to explode in coming years, surpassing even the number of mobile handsets we use today.
Advances in technology can often be a great leveller in industries, and the telecoms industry is no exception. The availability of new technologies in various markets has changed the expectations of consumers and businesses irrevocably.
The end of each year brings with it predictions for the next; industries around the globe begin sending out forecasts and projections, and the mobile space is no different. With new networks, new devices, and new services launching at break-neck speeds, Wireless Week reached out to wireless industry CEOs, including our own John Dwyer, for their thoughts on what the future will bring.
As our team gets ready for day two here in Atlanta for CCA's Global Expo, I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to attend all of the panel sessions during the Expo, but particularly to invite you to hear from my colleague, Lini Karmarkar, and myself.