07 Jan THE 2024 TELECOM TRENDS REPORT IS HERE AND IT’S FASCINATING
Fueled by upgrades to 5G infrastructure rollout and new technological capabilities, the telecommunications landscape will undergo major shifts in 2024. From WiFi 6 and IoT-connected products to expanded broadband access and new smartphones, rapid innovation aims to address coverage gaps while enabling smart applications.
WiFi 6 Goes Mainstream
The latest WiFi 6 standard will achieve mass adoption in homes and businesses. With 4x increased speeds, lower latency and capacity for more simultaneous device connections than WiFi 5, it enables advanced smart home gadgets and HD streaming applications not reliably accessible before. This will start changing use cases.
Everything Gets Intelligent
AI-powered cameras, appliances, vehicles and city infrastructure outfitted with sensors will join private Internet of Things networks hosted locally or through cloud services. Seamless interconnectivity between objects will enable new functionalities. But device security and data privacy require attention.
Rural and low-income urban communities underserved by internet providers will gain new access to high-speed broadband internet under federal and state-level government subsidy programs. It aims to address the digital divide, though overall improvements require continued infrastructure investment.
Embedded eSIMs Grow
eSIM technology enabling cellular plan activation via software upgrade will hit tipping point adoption curves not just across smartphones but also in next-gen tablets, PCs, VR headsets and vehicles. Advancements allow consumers flexibility to switch wireless carriers instantly while enabling better global roaming access.
Faster Data Networks
The leading edge of 5G deployments will mature from nascent stages allowing for rapid enhancements in network speeds, density and reliability over the next few years. Meanwhile, early 6G research will commence – delivering insane speed and connectivity capabilities when commercialization hits around 2030.
Satellite Constellations Expand
Thousands more low-earth orbit satellites will launch from SpaceX, Amazon and other players to bolster global coverage, redundancy and satellite internet access – especially benefiting rural and developing regions. But concerns around night sky light pollution from so many satellites raise debates.