The ways in which we communicate are in a constant state of evolution, and 2016 won't be an exception to this paradigm. The makes and models of brand new devices, however, won't be the only things people talk about in the coming year, but how these telecommunication innovations reshape the landscape of communication at large.
Wired versus wireless
Since the advent of the smartphone, mobile awareness has dominated the telecommunications markets, both as a personal device and a business tool. While homes and IT departments everywhere switch out landlines for mobile deployments, it's important to realize this change isn't only going to affect how people call each other.
In 2016, wireless traffic will generate more than 50 percent of Internet traffic and may soon finally supersede wired IP traffic, according to a recent press release from industry analysts at Market Reports Online. This greater shift in technology will mean businesses will begin investing in other tech to make these new devices more efficient. For starters, moving from hardwired communication to wireless, especially in an office setting, will mean an obvious increase in bandwidth allowances.
But consider the reasons why businesses utilize mobile technology: to take advantage of low-cost web-based applications, as well as improve interoperability with other systems on-site. If a business integrated its wireless operations with its CRM software, the data therein could have a greater breadth of transparency.
That said, literal transparency becomes an issue as well. Since a majority of workplace mobile devices will be personal ones – 4 in 10 reported Gartner in the last quarter of 2014 – wireless telecommunication will also instigate bolder security measures through things like enhanced, user-friendly VPNs.
"With IoT technology comes the beginnings of workplace automation."
'M2M' 4 u n me
Of course, the most talked about advancement in telecommunication isn't happening between humans, but machines. Machine-to-machine communication, known most notably through the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), will be the biggest happening in the field since perhaps the creation of the commercial computer. Business Insider estimated 82 percent of all businesses will use the IoT in some capacity by 2017, meaning 2016 should be a big adoption year.
Why? With IoT technology comes the beginnings of workplace automation. As mobile devices and IoT-enabled technology take root at businesses, so too will the ability to eliminate low-priority tasks that would otherwise need to be performed manually. For example, a Regalix poll found 88 percent of marketing departments utilize some form of automation in their operations. The speed of proliferation throughout other departments, however, will depend on user-friendliness – saying the words "M2M automation" might make the average employee's eyes glaze over before he or she realizes how much of a benefit it could be.
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