2018 Trends and Outlook

Welcome to The Fast Mode's 2018 #Trends&Outlook segment, which follows the 2017, 2016 and 2015 #Trends&Outlook which featured some of the best predictions in the industry from more than 100 leading telecom tech companies. The Fast Mode #Trends&Outlook series is one of the most popular references within the telecom community and discusses some of the most forward concepts and breakthrough ideas covering both technologies and service innovations in the industry.

Convergence, Content, Community and APIs Will Drive Carrier Success

...more comprehensive services and improved functionality. By building next generation carrier networks on open APIs that cultivate the developer community innovation occurs more rapidly and organically, subscribers benefit from...

By Barry Sher, VP of Business Development

The Advent of a Solid NFV Foundation

...In 2018, cyber security will be defined through network-wide rules and methods that manage a large number of applications. This is similar to the broad policies that have already been successfully implemented for charging....

By Nicolas Bouthors, NFV CTO

The Fightback Begins: Mobile Operators to Tackle HD, Encryption, NFV Realities and Security

...the continuing convergence of media and communications presents phenomenal opportunities. Success will be defined by how mobile operators manage and navigate their mobile data, which has once again grown 100 percent...

By John Giere, President and CEO

2018: The Year of Smart Network

...If there is a device failure, the network can self-heal using Zero Touch Provisioning. Today SD-WAN controllers intelligently reroute traffic to minimize MPLS expenses as well as improve application experience and security....

By Kiran Sirupa, Director of Marketing

2018 Predictions - More Services, for Less Money, Delivered Faster

...Now we’re seeing a lot of the large service providers adopting digital first sub brands. Start afresh – no legacy systems or culture and adopt a digital first: customer first approach. As for the social worry about the impact on AI replacing jobs...

By Martin Morgan, VP of Marketing

2018 Predictions - More Services, for Less Money, Delivered Faster

Martin Morgan, VP of Marketing

...Now we’re seeing a lot of the large service providers adopting digital first sub brands. Start afresh – no legacy systems or culture and adopt a digital first: customer first approach. As for the social worry about the impact on AI replacing jobs – this doesn’t effect the sub-brands, as they don’t have call centres to begin with....

Convergence, Content, Community and APIs Will Drive Carrier Success

Barry Sher, VP of Business Development

...more comprehensive services and improved functionality. By building next generation carrier networks on open APIs that cultivate the developer community innovation occurs more rapidly and organically, subscribers benefit from new and unique services the carrier is unable or unwilling to provide, and the carrier benefits from...

2018 Telecom Predictions – The Traditional Industry Moves to the Back Seat

Jim Machi, SVP of Product Management & Marketing

...They want the infrastructure to be able to scale up (and down), they want to move CAPEX to OPEX, and they want lower overall costs. In other words, they want the same benefits, the same end game, as “True NFV”, but obtain this from running an infrastructure Virtual Machine in a cloud such as Amazon EC2...

Telcos as Banks, Platforms and Marketing Powerhouses

Martin Koppel, CEO and Co-Founder

...The good thing is, telcos don’t need to build out the services on their own. Card issuers support white-labelling. As do insurance companies, and the same with credit scoring. 3rd parties already provide the content with digital bundling partnerships. Telcos can do the same with financial services. They can be providers of the "last mile" of connectivity, user acquisition and on boarding....

In 2018, Telco Digital Transformation Will Soar Even Higher

Jennifer Kyriakakis, Founder and VP of Marketing

...Amazon could become the aggregator of a consumer’s digital spend by offering personalization and spend management features all in one place. Or, if Amazon can strike the right deals with operators – they could be in a prime spot to offer a converged access-retail-entertainment play, potentially even funding the consumer mobile business through targeted advertising....

Life in the Fast Lane: Blurring the Lines at the Edge of the Network

Sameh Yamany, CTO

...To ensure capacity to meet the demand for bandwidth at the edge of the networks, these mobile providers will need to install more fiber — not just for backhaul, but also FTTH. At the same time, wireline service providers are weighing fixed wireless as an alternative to deliver gigabit to the home, as they pursue multiple wireline technologies to reach speeds above 1 GB....

The Advent of a Solid NFV Foundation

Nicolas Bouthors, NFV CTO

...In 2018, cyber security will be defined through network-wide rules and methods that manage a large number of applications. This is similar to the broad policies that have already been successfully implemented for charging, based on describing behavior by category and defining their fundamental characteristics....

Ten Hot Real Time Communications Mega Trends for 2018 & Beyond

Patrick Joggerst, EVP Business Development

...But once again, with this massive growth in communications sessions – whether those are VoIP sessions – CLI sessions – other data sessions – the more we all communicate the greater the opportunity for malicious players to tunnel in and wreak havoc on not only our communications per se, but the applications connected to communications through a tsunami of...

2018: The Year Telcos Will Become The Catalyst To Financial Inclusion

Steve Polsky, Founder and CEO

...In 2018 cryptocurrency and blockchain will be the driving force of financial inclusion. As more financially underserved individuals gain access to entry level smartphones capable of running apps that access blockchain systems, financial services based on this technology will be put into the hands of everyone with a mobile device....

How Smart Will Our Cities Become in 2018?

Roei Ganzarski, Chief Executive Officer and President

... delivery drones and sidewalk bots might be coming to your doorstep sooner than you think, furthering our goal of ‘smarter’ deliveries and supply chain optimization. In fact, a Gartner forecast report predicts the global drone market will grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020. In the next year, we can expect to see more businesses across several industries testing both bots in metro cities, which are ...

2018’s Top Telecom Fraud Threats
 

Bernardo Galvão Lucas, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer

...While startling, it is also unsurprising. 2017 was auspiciously pronounced the Year of the Hack by Forrester, and we saw this play out where everyday appliances such as lightbulbs, smart TVs and security cameras have been hijacked and used to mount distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. In fact, DDoS attacks are typically a prelude of bigger fraud problems to come, as fraudsters use these attacks as a smokescreen...

Towards ‘10X Data Science’
 

Dr. Prateek Kapadia, CTO

...Our experience with clients, supported by our reading of recent surveys, shows that the following are most likely to be on an analytics projects critical path: high quality data, packaged production-grade models, and interpretation and action of results. Once the current projects’ critical paths are identified, the emphasis should be on choosing the right tools and the right skills....

2018: The Year of Smart Network
 

Kiran Sirupa, Director of Marketing

...If there is a device failure, the network can self-heal using Zero Touch Provisioning. Today SD-WAN controllers intelligently reroute traffic to minimize MPLS expenses as well as improve application experience and security. Such intelligence will be pervasive in the smart network. Further, if there is a security incident, the Orchestrator enters a crisis mode where the entire network. ....

2018: Foundations for the Future (But Not the Future Itself, Yet)

Lars Månsson, VP Global Pre-Sales and Solutions

...Mediation in the new infrastructure will be much more integral than many are used to. Why? Data aggregation has come to mean ‘everything from everywhere to anywhere’, not ‘billing mediation’. A 360 degree view of the service experiences means you HAVE to aggregate data in mediation; data from the old world and the new world, related to both performance and usage. Expect to see systems that do this begin to prevail in 2018....

Handling the Escalating Video Demand in the Home, Car with the World of IoT

Michael Klempa, Technical Manager, Ethernet and Storage

...Over the course of the next year, we’ll still only be seeing the very front end of this machine to machine network traffic increase, but over the course of the decade could grow to be the single largest M2M bandwidth type. And because human lives are on the line, the data needs to also be time sensitive and reliable. A reasonable expectation for data quality is running error free for 99.9999% of the time....

Trends That Will Shape Enterprise Communication in 2018

Thorsten Trapp, CTO & Co-Founder

... Chatbots provide a higher level of interaction and contextual knowledge to learn about a customer’s needs and intent, in other words, gather actionable data about a customer, that sharpen timely recommendations and increase sales. In 2018, companies will focus their marketing and customer service budgets on context-aware communications that will be measured by....

2018 Mega Trend: Software (SD-WAN) is Eating the Router!

Atchison Frazer, WW Head of Marketing

...The universal functionality of a contemporary SD-WAN allows for the consolidation of one or more traditional networking devices including router, firewall and WAN optimization. The flexible subscription model of SD-WAN consumption can replace the costly upfront investment of edge routers – software (network controller) is eating the router!...

Advent of 5G to Push Operators to Implement Roadmap for Convergence and Technology Transition

Steven Van Zanen, Product Management and Marketing

...In 2018, operators will have to build and start executing on a roadmap for convergence and technology transition that unblocks the road ahead to 5G. At a minimum, the roadmap needs to cover the transition to 5G, replacement of end-of-life legacy equipment, and the shift to fully software based, virtualized network functions....

The Fightback Begins: Mobile Operators to Tackle HD, Encryption, NFV Realities and Security

John Giere, President and CEO

...The continuing convergence of media and communications presents phenomenal opportunities. Success will be defined by how mobile operators manage and navigate their mobile data, which has once again grown 100 percent year-on-year. A key challenge is that video accounts for 76 percent of that growth. There’s also a dramatic shift in the cloud, as an increasing amount of...

The Next Era of Ethernet
 

John D’Ambrosia, Chairman

...And with the drive to support greater bandwidth spread throughout the eco-system – we should expect to see a tremendous demand for the tools, components, and solutions that will enable entire eco-system, such as EDA tools, T&M, cabling, optics, and systems. The industry wants industry confidence in the interoperability of Ethernet technologies and standards...

Preparing for the Dawn of 5G - Technical, Commercial and Business Evolution Will Be the Dominant Themes in 2018 for MNOs

Jonas Petersson, Senior Technology Advisor

...While today’s IoT and connected industrial applications are dominated by low power and low data requirements, evolution to 5G will unlock more demanding use cases, which have more challenging needs in terms of latency and data transfer. Such requirements will go beyond the capabilities of today’s real-time applications and will require the transfer of ever-larger data...

Communication Service Providers Will Gain Back Their Services in 2018

Raanan Tzemach, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing

...As the move from appliances to uCPE-based implementation gained momentum in 2017, there was a lot of competition among service providers to be the first to introduce SD-WAN services. We believe that during 2018 the demand for SD-WAN service will accelerate with additional focus on the market demand for open whitebox and uCPE solutions...

More Value Added Services and Process Automation

Arnd Baranowski, CEO

...Today, businesses are actively using SMSs to send alerts, notifications, confirmations and marketing messages to customers for which smartphone-based messaging applications cannot support. Through application-to-person (A2P) platforms, enterprises are also using SMS as an essential part of customer identification and authentication processes....

Big, Bold, Predictions: 2018 Will Put the Telco Center Stage in IoT

Rafael Avigad, VP of Enterprise Products

...Differentiated IoT services will rely on partnerships with niche application providers and device vendors to provide compelling solutions for utilities, transportation, retail, and other verticals. But, legacy BSS infrastructure will struggle to support these partnerships with innovative revenue sharing, charging, and QoS rules. Telcos must be able to easily build partnerships by...

Success from the Edge in 2018
 

Rui Frazao, CTO

...Vendors have raced an expanding set of solutions to market, leaving operators scratching their heads, trying to figure out how to actually deploy all this disparate tech. In the meantime, the Microsofts and Amazons of the world are breathing down their necks, amassing global scale and building data centers closer to the network edgeIn 2018, vendors must come together to help make virtual infrastructures easier to deploy, disparate tech easier to consolidate and ROI outcomes more obvious...

OTT, LTE, SMS, M&A, IoT: In 2018, Acronyms Dominate

Daniel Kurgan, CEO

...The digital transformation is in full swing, which means those telcos which have not made steps to embrace this shift must do so this year. The decline in traditional voice services has coincided with the rise of OTT communications apps, in business and consumer markets. Instead of doing battle with the digital players, 2018 will see a growing number of...

A Time for Pragmatism: Wireless Industry Trends in 2018

Navin Vohra, Vice President, Service Provider, Asia Pacific

...2018 will be a time for pragmatism, a time to get down to what’s really possible. We are already seeing the spirit of experimentation among service providers, as test beds and trials build steam. All of this testing makes it clear that 5G is bringing new market dynamics and opportunities, but significant challenges need to be surmounted. While densification, virtualization...