2020 vision

Staff Writer
14 Dec 2009
00:00

Telecom trends usually come in three forms.

There are those thought up by telcos that are a success, like broadband and mobile broadband.

There are those that the industry hasn't been able to make work, like MMS, video telephony, mobile TV and m-commerce.
And there are those big hits that have come from elsewhere - like the iPhone and app store, Skype, Web 2.0 and the internet itself.

Perhaps, finally, after 25 years of competition, this might be the decade when telecom operators show they can create their own future.

They will have little choice. Voice will become as insignificant financially as it is today as a share of network traffic. Carriers will have to fight for their survival. The decisions they make today about next-gen networks, telco 2.0, and business directions like app stores and mobile money, will be felt across the decade.

In this issue we have invited experts from across the industry to join the Telecom Asia team in painting the picture of the next ten years.

They point to M2M, LTE, all-fiber nets, smart enablers, the irrelevance of current mobile metrics, the end of pay-TV and an exploding universe of mobile apps, to name a few.

If there's an underlying theme it is that the hardest decisions will not be about technologies, but the business models to monetize them.

2020 at a glance

Ten years gone: A brief history of the great 00s telecoms mash-up

Related content

Comments
No Comments Yet! Be the first to share what you think!
This website uses cookies
This provides customers with a personalized experience and increases the efficiency of visiting the site, allowing us to provide the most efficient service. By using the website and accepting the terms of the policy, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.