January 6, 2016

Top 10 Predictions for 2016, Part One

My 2016 top 10 predictions fall into two broad categories this year.  Today, part one will focus on what five things will happen in unified communications.  In my next blog post, I will offer thoughts on what the year will bring to the significant evolution of the telecom service provider infrastructure.   

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Agree wholeheartedly with 1, 2, 3 but see VoLTE VoWifi battle as less clear cut at least in UK; where CSPs have both a growing LTE network and a significant wi-if network. Take up will be driven by how services are bundled (voice minutes and data bundles are cheap today), unless UK consolidation allows CSPs to increase prices. Handover between wifi & LTE will remain a poor user experience for a number of years - especially if, as in UK, Wifi is patchy.
On video as a peer to peer conversation, I believe this is more of a cultural issue, I think the younger you are the more likely you are to use it but the less likely you are to pay for it. CSPs have not fully implemented NFV and most of cost is in sites, spectrum and backhaul so launching a wireless consumer proposition is a problem.

In 2016 we will hear more about the SDN and service chaining solutions that have already been implemented but kept a little guarded. POCs will move to trials and there will be more production announcements. It will be a very good year for things to move along at a faster pace.

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