A new year has barely settled in, and already, the IoT (Internet of Things) is fueling changes in the telco industry. According to Gartner, the 8.4 Billion connected "Things" in use today will balloon to an unprecedented 20.4 billion by 2020. The largely consumer-fueled growth will be driven by three regions: North America, Western Europe, and mainland China.
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.
We are living on the edge of a technological revolution—one that will alter how we live, communicate, and conduct business forever. While we’ve felt disruption before, like the move from analog to digital, the first smartphone, or the launch of the app store, this time of change is distinctive.
There’s no question that mobile phones and the internet have completely transformed how consumers and businesses communicate today and these technologies seem to amaze us with their innovation on an almost daily basis.
This all-IP revolution and the evolution to and anticipation for the next-generation network, has brought about the need for the telco industry to undergo a transformation.
Isn't the text message dead yet? We've been talking about the death of Short Message Service (SMS) for over half a decade now. Surely it's dead by now? But alas, as Mark Twain once said, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated," and this is also the case for the humble text message. Despite the rise of the Instant Message (IM) on IP services, SMS is not quite dead yet.