The term telecommunications in recent years has been used so frequently and been applied in so many different situations, that it is now part of our daily language. However, its definition is still elusive. Let’s begin by providing a definition. The roots of the word telecommunications come from ‘tele’ in Greek, which translates as “over a distance,” while ‘communicate’ translates as “ability to share.” Therefore, what telecommunications means is “sharing information over distance.”
Telecommunications goes beyond being a destroyer and creator of the economy, more than being a twenty-first-century law and business being created in order to accommodate the virtual world, more than being a massive global industry (estimated at US $2.5 trillion), and beyond being just a series of technologies. Business telecom services are everywhere in life. It affects where and how we do everything – protect, heal, rest, teach, study, serve, entertain, socialise, play, work, and live. Telecommunications has played a key role in shaping culture and society, in addition to shaping economics and business.
A brief look at the way lifestyles and industries are being affected by emerging technologies highlights why it is so important to understand telecommunications principles, and hopefully, inspire people to “think telecom.” These changes we are discussing here ultimately are very important in terms of how telecommunications networks will end up evolving and where the areas of growth will be.
Human Senses Incorporated into Telecommunications
A virtual world has been allowed to emerge thanks to telecommunications – one in which distance and time to not represent a barrier for communicating or doing business any longer. However, we still lack a critical component of human information-processing. Over the course of processing information, the human mind takes action on physical sensations. The senses of motion, touch, sound, and sight are key to our decision making and perception. Developments in sensory networks and technologies are allowing a new sensory reality genre to emerge, to bridge the gap between machines and humans. Introducing human senses into streams of electronic information is among the most important evolutions taking place in communications and computing.
Emergence of Wearables
The way we engage in communications and computing will dramatically change over the next ten years. Portable computing devices are changing our idea of where and what a workplace is with an increased focus on our desire for wireless communication and mobility starting to redefine “dressed for success.” However, the portable devices that we are using now are merely a stepping stone to wearables. Wearable computing that is context-aware will be the ultimate in scalable, flexible, reliable,, ergonomic, and light platforms.
The Movement Towards Pervasive Computing
With intelligence being distributed across a broader range of devices, pervasive computing is something we are starting to experience. it is also referred to as ubiquitous computing. Computers are being taken out of stand-alone boxes that they had been tied to and being put into everyday objects and ordinary things. Those new things are very smart and have their own sense of awareness to be able to care for themselves.
The Movement Towards Machine-to-Machine Communications
In the current era, we are moving towards machine-to-machine communications and away from person-to-person communications. There are currently just over 6 billion humans in the world. However, there are reportedly over 15 billion microprocessors.
Increased Backbone Bandwidth
Enormous backbone width will be required by many of the changes that we have been discussing, especially changes in applications and traffic patterns.
Responding to Regulatory and Political Forces
Politics always come with new developments. Various groups vie for power, money, the ability to launch new products into the market alone and first, and having the right to squelch the new ideas of others. The telecommunications sectors is greatly influenced by government regulation and policy.