In today’s world, it seems that the term telecommunications is used in so many different cases and applied to a wide variety of situations, in fact, we could say that it has become an integral part of our vocabulary, yet its definition still remains unclear. So let’s start things at the right place; with that elusive definition. The Greek language is where the term telecommunications comes from: tele refers to ‘over a distance’ and communicate means ‘the ability to share’. So we could say that when we are talking about telecommunications we are referring to ‘the sharing of information over a distance’.
Telecommunications takes in a whole lot more than various technologies or a worldwide industry (which is said to be worth US $2.5 trillion), it encompasses more than the modern business and law that we see being re-written to allow for the virtual world that we live in, it’s a whole lot more than friend and foe of the economy. Rather, we could describe telecommunications better by portraying it as a way of life. It has an impact on everything we do, from our work to our recreation, our study to our entertainment, our rest to our security. Not only has telecommunications shaped business and the economy by becoming indispensable (take the mammoth task of exporting billing data to accounting and banking systems) it has also paid a vital role in what culture and society look like today.
Changes That Have Taken Place in Telecommunications
Seeing how new technologies impact industries, as well as peoples’ lifestyles, shows just how important it is to have a full picture of the principles that lie behind telecommunications, this should go a long way in inspiring you to ‘think telecom’. The changes that we have outlined here are detrimental to the way that telecommunications networks will continue to grow and evolve and where we are going to see the most change.
Mixing Human Senses with Telecommunications
Thanks to telecommunications we live in the age of a virtual world – in this world both time and distance do not need to limit business or communication – however, that crucial element of the human-information realm is still lacking. When the human brain processes information it takes physical sensations into account; these being sound, sight, touch, smell and motion, all of which aid in making key decisions. The world of sensory technologies is developing in a way that will allow for sensory reality to showcase itself, closing in on that gap between humans and machines. One of the current key solutions we are seeing is the emergence of changing human senses into electronic information streams.
Wearables Are Showing Themselves
The next decade will see vast changes in the way that we engage in computing and communicating. Our whole perception of both what and where a work station is have been redefined with the emergence of portable computing devices, in fact, the importance we put on mobility and wireless communications proves exactly this. However, the portable devices being used today are just the start of the wearables we will use in the future. Wearables that are context-aware are going to be the next big thing in platforms that are ergonomic, flexible, reliable and scalable.
Going in the Direction of Pervasive Comping
As we move towards distributing intelligence over more and more devices, we experience pervasive computing, otherwise known as ubiquitous computing. We are lifting that computer out of its stationary position and placing it into everyday things. As these new objects are smart they are self-sufficient, thanks to their sense of self-awareness.
Machine-to-Machine Communications on the Horizon
Human-to-human communication is becoming a thing of the past while machine-to-machine communication is starting to take centre stage. The world is currently made up of 6 billion human beings yet reportedly 15 billion microprocessors share the same habitat.
Improving Backbone Bandwidth
A lot of the changes that we have mentioned to this point, especially traffic pattern changes, are going to need a lot of backbone bandwidth.
Response to Regulatory and Political Forces
Politics are always part and parcel of new developments. Power, money and the opportunity to be the first to bring a product to the market are all things that various groups are vying for. One of the main features of the telecommunications sector is the amount that it is impacted by government regulations and policy.