Theme: The Internet of things [IOT]
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment. IoT is transforming the everyday physical objects that surround us into an ecosystem of information that will enrich our lives. From refrigerators to parking spaces to houses, the IoT is bringing more and more things into the digital fold every day, which will likely make the IoT a multi-trillion dollar industry in the near future.
Theme: Cybercrime evolution in North America
Cybercrime exhibits few signs of slowing down,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “Though we tend to highlight the numbers, the fact is that we continue to see increased sophistication of attacks. Cybercrime, hacktivism, and cyberwarfare are in a continual state of evolution. Everyone from governments to large enterprises, small business and home users are facing a wider range of digital threats from these forces, as they gain more actionable intelligence on their victims, and leverage the newest attack platforms and exploits tools to launch their campaigns. We all need to equip ourselves with basic situation awareness to our online risks and how best to prevent and combat these threats
Theme: Networks in the zettabyte era.
A recently published study by a major network equipment vendor claims that worldwide cloud traffic - 1.2 zettabytes in 2012, will grow to 5.3 zettabytes by 2017. Global data centre traffic during the same period will reach the astounding total of 7.7 zettabytes by 2017. One zettabyte is incomprehensible; it’s a hundred trillion - also incomprehensible - hours of music. Nevertheless, we will soon have to build, control, fill and pay for, multi-zettabyte networks and everything will have to work seamlessly and securely - everywhere.
Theme: The Broadband Provider as a media impresario
The role of the carrier is changing as more services migrate to the web and their delivery is becoming more demanding. The tsunami of Video traffic forces carriers to manage network resources while seeking to monetise the perceived value of such services. Carriers look to deliver content to users more cost effectively via smart network management, and to manage the value chain, web service providers and media content channels, rather than provide a fat dumb pipe. By forming partnerships with content providers directly, carriers can monetise the delivery. By filtering traffic and determining the quality of service, the carrier is orchestrating the media flow to the user. However, this must stay within the proviso of ‘net neutrality’, allowing innovation to keep morphing our digital life.
Theme: The enterprise in an everything-wireless world
The widespread availability and constantly accelerating expansion of wireless network, applications and the intensified development of network-centric hardware and software offers great opportunities for the enterprise, but they will have to rethink their operations and policies to obtain them. Increasing employee use of smartphones, netbooks and laptops is just the beginning; to make the best use of them, though, enterprises need to look at mobility as a strategic option and not just another tool.
Theme: 3G, 4G or both? The race is on.
In a normal world 2.5G follows 2G and is followed by 3 or 3.x G and then 4G, Operators normally would follow a pre-defined evolutionary sequence, but the competition is so rough - and the economics so compelling - that many companies are considering jumping the track and switching technologies and generations. What might the consequences of this be in terms of the networks, equipment, applications, security and especially the market and the consumer?
Theme: Network shifts - telephony will never be the same
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Theme: What are some steps telecommunications companies can take to foster innovation and/or growth?
Innovation has been the cornerstone of success in the mobile ecosystem, and companies should keep pushing on the accelerator as many more opportunities exist. For example, new devices will continue to arrive with varied price points and different form factors – bigger screens, flexible screens, curved screens. Mobile capabilities are being extended into completely new devices, including wearable technology such as glasses, smart watches and fitness/health devices – and these are just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve been seeing indications that the benefit derived from relevant features and functionality, as well as apps, have greatly improved the value proposition to consumers, resulting in increased receptivity in paying more for devices.
Theme: The Voice of the Network - let the battle commence
WebRTC is gaining momentum, but its standards are still fragmented, and this provides a breathing space before the big onslaught. Should carriers double in WebRTC as well as VoLTE and help to improve WebRTC standards? The challenge for WebRTC standards is to design Internet-style VoIP which can inter-connect like carriers’ IMS, to provide network of networks, regardless of the application. Yet Voice is becoming nothing more than an application itself.
Theme: Enterprise metamorphosis - under the influence of BYOD, VDI and Cloud.
The workplace is now changing, as employees demand the magic of smart devices to be extended to their daily business. The advent of BYOD is like a river busting its banks when suddenly everything that was restricted before becomes acceptable. Do enterprises fully appreciate the impact of BYOD and VDI? Do Operators have clear vision to understand the end-game? Will those enterprises that do not join in lose out?
Theme: It’s the network!
Despite the downturn, businesses are spending on IT and telecom services, LAN/WAN infrastructure, storage hardware as well as data, wireless, and security services. Good news for the service provides that can get sound new product offerings - managed services, for example - to the market to meet the demand and simplify the lives of CTOs/CIOs. Consumers are pushing many operators to the limit of their broadband capacity. New devices - iPhones, Android smartphones, tablets and such - are snowballing data traffic at an astounding rate.
Theme: New information and communications technologies - separating the long distance runners from the sprinters
A great number of new information and communication technologies leave the labs and reach the market each year; many are greeted with great expectations. Most, though, are fated to fill small market niches or succumb to the competition and disappear. Some become market leaders, disrupt existing technology ecosystems, change the sector, change businesses and change lives. Which technologies are here to stay? Which ones will lead the market? Which ones will fill small but important niches? What are the innovations you believe will fill an important need - no matter what the size?
Theme: TV here, there, everywhere, from anywhere
The focus of the telephone networks has shifted dramatically over the last years and promises to continue to do so at an accelerated pace. Wired and wireless, business and residential, both the networks and the users will converge. The network will support seamless handoffs between fixed and wireless networks of all sorts and the same devices will be used for work and leisure. The traffic will increase exponetionally, but the rates will go down. Added-value applications, services and content will drive revenues. Networks will have a pervasive impact upon society we live in.
Theme: Turning The Hourglass
Technology is both disruptive and constructive. Throughout the ages, whenever superior technologies appeared they tipped society's hourglass and slowly, inexorably, drained substance out of the reigning economic model, out of the society itself, and filled the then current base with the marvels and tragedies of a new era. There is no going back to the quill, the horse, the telegraph, punch card or the heyday of the bulky black phone.