Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer for AT&T Business, shares some of his predictions for 2019 with the Broadband World News audience:
Next year, technologies that will continue to have a big impact on business include 5G, cybersecurity and the Internet of Things, he said, via email. The convergence of next-generation technologies paired with the rollout of 5G and the advancement of existing mobile networks will start a surge of connected things.
So Many Opportunities, Never Enough Time
The arrival of 5G, combined with the increased sophistication of AI and IoT, create a surge of new and as-yet-unimagined use cases that will all demand heightened security, says AT&T Business CMO Mo Katibeh. (Source: LinkedIn)
Here's a look into the tea leaves, and an educated estimation on how all these forces play out as Katibeh, AT&T Business and other service providers look to the New Year and beyond:
5G early adopters: Manufacturing, healthcare and public safety are expected to be the early benefactors of 5G. Smart factories will revolutionize the manufacturing process as they connect the entire supply chain. The doctor-patient relationship and the traditional way that we think of healthcare will transform. And first responders will have new technology and lifesaving capabilities to protect citizens like never before.
IoT and AI: These will converge to spawn digital twins of assets and processes. Low-cost sensors, artificial intelligence and 5G networks will allow customers to create virtual, software-based replicas of their physical devices and processes. That means users, manufacturers and designers can receive near real-time insights and take action without ever being near their assets. Digital twins of things like vehicles, cities and manufacturing facilities will drive a new wave of operational efficiencies and revenue streams. They will also help engineers validate the design of a product at several points during its lifecycle.
Security: There will be an increased focus on connected cars and associated data privacy. The data from connected cars is largely personal -- it includes everything from where you live, where you spend your time, to where you drop your kids off. It also raises lots of questions: Can this data be used to solve a crime? Who is entitled to it? There are still many questions that society must answer and address.
In a flurry of activity throughout the week, Donald (DJ) LaVoy, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the US Department of Agriculture, and his team spent about $145.8 million in the non-urban or suburban areas of seven states.
Calix reported revenue of $120.19 million – up 4% – in Q4 2019, putting a bounce in the step of company president and CEO Carl Russo and a shine to Calix's ongoing transition from hardware vendor to a provider of platforms enabled by cloud, APIs and subscriber experience.
Looking to curtail e-waste and improve the bottom line, BT will require customers to return routers and set-top boxes, although subscribers will not have to pay a fee when they receive regular broadband equipment.
Deploying DOCSIS 3.1 across its entire footprint gave Rogers Communications the ability to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s,
contributing to a broadband segement that generated about 60% of the Canadian operator's $3.05 billion (US) in Q4 cable earnings.
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