2023 Telecoms Predictions

2023 Telecoms Predictions

What the “experts” are saying.
The team at Holbrook Telecom have gathered the most interesting predictions for telecommunications in 2023.

Hybrid and Remote Working

Less focus on the discussion of hybrid and remote working and a switch to productivity and how it can be improved and monitored.
So more about how work is being done and less about where it is being done.
This is how it should be. Tools are there to help you work not define how and where you work.

Death of the SIM card

The decline of SIM cards you can hold will speed up and they will become rarer and may even disappear completely.
EE, O2 and Vodafone all provide eSIMs, and major Mobile phone manufacturers including Apple, Google and Samsung support eSIMs.
The end of the SIM card is coming.
In other countries Apple have removed the ability to use a traditional SIM card so you only option is eSIM.
We have already seen higher charges for physical SIM cards over eSIMs.
Charge for the delivery of eSIMs is also now a thing too.

  • eSIMS are software programmable SIMs, that can be downloaded and installed into a mobile phone.
  • iSIMs is where the functionality of a SIM card is integrated into a device’s hardware or processor.

5G comes of age

Standalone 5G, is 5G that isn’t built on the back of 4G core infrastructure is coming which will mean that we will see greater benefits from the 5G networks.

5G Slicing

Private 5G for enterprise clients to help the networks monetise their investment further.

Open RAN

Open RAN at its simplest is the concept of a more open radio access network architecture than we have today.
This will mean some 5G infrastructure can be more easily shared.
New architectures are adopted, sliced, and multivendor networks come into play.
Increase in 5G usage by both people and machines.
5G will not just aid remote, hybrid working but also allow for more imersive experiences.
Leading to greater investment in the connectivity requirements to support new applications like VR, AR and the Metaverse.
The begining of more immersive experiences such as the metaverse, over current tools like video conferencing, Google Meet or Zoom.

IoT uptake

Greater uptake and investment in IoT devices

  • monitoring
  • saving energy
  • cost efficiency

Direct Satellite Connectivity

We will see an increase use of direct satellite connectivity for smartphones and other devices
There are two main ways of delivering direct satellite connects

  • launch of thousands of satellites
  • new technology in devices to connect to existng infrastructure

The Metaverse

Continued investment in the Metaverse which will slowly become more mainstream over the coming years.
We dont expect everyone to be meeting in the metaverse this year, but it will move another step closer.
One area we will see more and more AR and VR is in digital retail.
Innovations in AR, VR, connectivity and data are continuing to change the way we shop.
Online is now the new high street, and a digital-first approach is transforming both the consumer experience as well as business operations.

AI will continue to be everywhere

  • News
  • Chatbots
  • Chip design

More Unified Communications

Integrations between Communications Service Providers and technology companies as they forge deeper partnerships.
We will see better integrations between communications and applications.