IT and telecom trends by ZTE

Enterprise IT vendor ZTE has shared key trends to watch out in 2014.

Service ubiquity

The popularity of smart terminals and mobile broadband networks has bought about dramatic changes to people’s everyday lives; touching everything from travel, shopping, socialization, and entertainment, as well as enterprise operations and new work styles represented by the mobile office.

In fact, the mobile services that we enjoy today have long been provided on fixed terminals, when they were viewed as technological progress, rather than revolution. In the mobile era however, those services have impacted our life and work styles in completely different ways. Service ubiquity has become a reality and has changed the way we live and work.

User experience

Traditional ICT provided voice services for the majority of users and high-end services (including voice and data) for selected users. In contrast, Mobile-ICT provides a combination of voice and data services to all users almost ubiquitously. The performance of combined services cannot be measured by traditional ICT product performance indicators but should instead be evaluated by the user experience.

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Service ubiquity and user experience will be key markers in the Mobile-ICT era. Nevertheless, the traditional ICT industry will continue to develop rapidly, leading to a new round of innovations in finance, transportation, energy, education, healthcare and other industries.

The quick take-up of HTML5 is expected to break the walled garden of APP stores, and web-based applications and local applications will co-exist for a long period of time.

Anytime, anywhere

In the era of Mobile-ICT, services will be available ubiquitously thanks to the seamless access environment, increasingly strong and flexible smart terminals, and cloud computing technology. Mobile office, information sharing, socialization, electronic business, Internet finance and other services will be accessible to users at anytime and anywhere, further facilitating our life and improving our lifestyle with better experiences.

Rapid growth of enterprise mobile applications Broadband wireless access and the rapid development of smart terminals provide convenient usage scenarios beyond the mobile office. Supported by a rapidly progressing security technology and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, enterprises will follow the trend of Mobile-ICT when deploying both critical external services and core internal applications. Mobility will cover every aspect of enterprise management and operation. This will significantly enhance enterprise operations and production efficiency, and provide rich new possibilities for ICT enterprises to profit from the mobile Internet.

Scalable bandwidth

The flood of digital services requires that every layer of the network infrastructure speeds up its own evolution; from the access layer to the core layer, and from the wired network to the wireless network. At the core, it is the demand for higher bandwidth that drives the evolution of backbone networks towards 100G bearer networks and beyond.

The transmission rate of wired access networks, however, will remain one order higher than the rate of wireless transmission. This imbalance in development will face a bottleneck sooner or later. Only innovation can break the bottleneck to allow the bandwidth to match Moore’s Law and the capabilities of information processing. Such technology will provide a connection for the smooth exchange of exponentially expanding data and reduces the disparity between human desires and natural resources.

Intelligent cloud-based networks

Smart mobile terminals and cloud applications will fuel the explosive growth of data traffic, greatly increasing operating costs for operators that can’t be adequately covered by new revenue streams. Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) have already achieved a certain level of popularity. Network convergence, software definition, cloud computing, virtualization and smart terminals will become the dominating forces that lead the next round of network technology revolution. Cloud radio, cloud EPC, optical and

Scalable bandwidth

The flood of digital services requires that every layer of the network infrastructure speeds up its own evolution; from the access layer to the core layer, and from the wired network to the wireless network. At the core, it is the demand for higher bandwidth that drives the evolution of backbone networks towards 100G bearer networks and beyond.

The transmission rate of wired access networks, however, will remain one order higher than the rate of wireless transmission. This imbalance in development will face a bottleneck sooner or later. Only innovation can break the bottleneck to allow the bandwidth to match Moore’s Law and the capabilities of information processing. Such technology will provide a connection for the smooth exchange of exponentially expanding data and reduces the disparity between human desires and natural resources.

Intelligent cloud-based networks

Smart mobile terminals and cloud applications will fuel the explosive growth of data traffic, greatly increasing operating costs for operators that can’t be adequately covered by new revenue streams. Software Defined Network (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) have already achieved a certain level of popularity. Network convergence, software definition, cloud computing, virtualization and smart terminals will become the dominating forces that lead the next round of network technology revolution.

The physical world and the digital world will more closely interact with each other through information exchange. The business office, leisure, shopping, health care, education, entertainment, traffic and socialization will all inundate the mobile internet industry with its own value. A physical atlas will be built on the Internet, moving the physical world into the Internet and integrating the digital world and the physical world into one.

All physical devices will be virtually mapped into the digital world, allowing people to feel and touch the physical devices in the virtual world through augmented reality. Thus, the interaction in the virtual world between people, between people and things, and between things will become comparable to the natural interactions in the physical world.

Increased network security challenges

The Internet-based virtual society is open and interactive, with quick information dissemination. However, anonymity will easily lead to network fraud due to virtual IDs. During point-to-point information dissemination, privacy and financial information is prone to leakage and abuse via socialization and electronic business tools on mobile phones. In the era of Mobile-ICT, with ubiquitous service availability, network security problems will become more severe, and be given greater attention in the future network development. However, risks always accompany benefits.

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