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Telecom: 2019 developments, top 10 countries, cloud computing & data centres growth

In this week’s Telecom update, we first take a closer look at telecoms developments coming in 2019, as well as global leaders in the telecoms industry. We’ll also focus on the mobile cloud computing and finally on the growth ahead for data centres.

Let’s review these key upcoming developments selected by our top analysts:

A wave of telecoms developments is coming in 2019

The wave of developments relating to smart cities, IoT, 5G, and overall data management is creating opportunities for those operating in the telecoms sector and related industries. In addition we are beginning to see developments and applications relating to Artificial Intelligence finally take shape.

For many years Artificial Intelligence (AI) was just a futuristic concept – but with recent progress in Machine Learning capabilities, the AI sector has been firmly pushed into the spotlight. For the operators – many opportunities may lie in the applications, services and underlying infrastructure that solutions based on AI will require.

The emerging 5G technology has attracted intense interest from the ICT industry and wider community due to its potential to increase opportunities for developments related to IoT including M2M communications, virtual reality, Artificial Intelligence and mission critical communication.

It is also expected to enhance overall capacity, speed and latency of the mobile networks.

Developments relating to the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and M2M are also going to continue to gather pace in 2019.

See: Global Telecoms – Key Trends for 2019 – IoT, Data Management, 5G and AI

The top 10 Global Leaders of the Telecoms Industry are announced

BuddeComm’s Telecoms Maturity Index (TMI) analyses the broadband, mobile and fixed line markets of a country as well as a range of economic parameters to rank it on a scale of 1 to 100 and compare it to its region.

After having released the TMI in each region in the course of 2018, including Asia, the Middle East, Latin and North America, Africa, Europe and the Carribean, they’ve just published the global TMI: Europe dominates the top 10 global ranking, in particular with North European nations, followed by South Korea, Hong Kong and the US.

Europe is one of the most developed regions globally in terms of telecommunications. The competitive landscape has vastly improved the range and quality of services to end-users, and reduced consumer prices.

For more information see: Global Fixed Broadband – Analyses, Statistics and Regional Overviews

Mobile cloud computing is just one growth area in this sector

As we look towards 2019 we can see that the cloud computing scene is maturing and enterprise, consumer and government confidence has grown in regards to utilizing cloud services. We will continue to see increasing examples of innovation surrounding cloud applications. For the past few years, cloud computing has been one of the fastest growing areas for the IT sector.

While around 90% of larger enterprises in the developed markets have embraced it, most small and medium-sized businesses still need to start on the road to cloud computing. The leading cloud technology vendors are now also looking towards new markets and applications to apply their technology.

Boosting government uptake of cloud solutions in new markets, increasing adoption of cloud in the emerging markets in general (particularly China) and mobile cloud computing are all key areas of interest to the major players.

For more information see: Intelligence Report – Cloud Technology Trends and Statistics

Further growth ahead for data centres in 2019

Around the world, we are witnessing a growing number of data centres being built and there is further growth ahead in 2019. This is due to the rising need for data management and cloud services fuelled by the increasing volume of data usage.

Developments relating to Smart Cities, IoT, M2M and Blockchain combined with the rising use of mobile data and data intensive services such as video-streaming are all contributing to an enormous growth of data traffic. There will be an increased focus on large hyperscale data centres and many of these leading players are expanding internationally as enterprises realise they need to store data locally in order to comply with various security and privacy laws in different countries. It will become more and more difficult for the smaller data centre players to compete with these larger providers.

The continuing growth in the volume of data traffic along with a growing demand for efficient data management – means there are a number of opportunities for the telecoms operators in this space.

For more information see: Intelligence Report – Data Centre Analysis and Trends