We all have witnessed the telecom sector’s growth from the days of 1G to 3G, and now 4G. However, the previous change is nothing when compared to what lies ahead. The telecom sector is due for a significant overhaul in the coming years. The transition to 5G networks will change the face of telecom and advanced telecommunication services will then be available to the masses. The introduction and adoption of 5G will be an unprecedented move. The rapid advancement of IoT devices will also contribute to the telecom revolution. These devices will leverage mobile network technologies like 5G and enhance communication between people and devices. According to a report, IoT devices are expected to generate USD 1.8 trillion for telecom operators by 2026. What role will IoT devices play in the telecom revolution? How will it help the telecom industry grow?
IoT and the Telecom Revolution
IoT devices will leverage the low-power, low-bandwidth, and low-cost technologies such as LTE-M and NB-IoT to provide a connected future. Every IoT device will be connected and instant communication will be made possible by 5G and other network technologies. Here’s a look in detail at how IoT will impact the future of telecommunication and usher in a new era.
IoT devices will enable telecom companies to carry out real-time remote monitoring of devices. This will result in enhanced equipment maintenance and will pave the way for predictive maintenance. Thus eliminating the reactive maintenance procedures that we follow today. For example, telecom companies can monitor telecommunication equipment like network towers in real-time. The telecom companies can thus send crews to fix any issues as soon as the IoT device identifies a problem. Similarly, based on the data collected, companies can carry out maintenance procedures in advance, as data analytics will enable them to predict equipment failure faster and with greater accuracy.
Ensuring the physical safety of expensive remote equipment is currently a major concern for telecom companies. They have to invest a substantial amount of time, resources, and money to ensure that the equipment and other devices remain intact and function as required. Still, that doesn’t guarantee safety and security, and issues crop up every now and then. However, with the introduction of IoT devices, telecom companies can take physical security to the next level. IoT devices such as smart cameras and smart sensors can help detect on-site tamperings and damages and alert the relevant authorities in real-time. This can help limit the loss to the company and also help identify the culprits quickly. Similarly, other IoT devices like internet-connected RFID badges and beacons can help restrict unauthorized access to geofencing techniques. The site can be monitored remotely, and access can only be granted to employees with the appropriate RFID badge.
Improved Location Services
Location services using mobile networks can be enhanced further with IoT devices. This can prove helpful across a plethora of sectors. For instance, public transportation services can be improved significantly with IoT devices leveraging network connection technologies. IoT location sensors installed in trains, metros, and buses can help commuters better locate their next ride. Similarly, location services can be enhanced to improve business processes in other domains. Also, businesses can use IoT devices to locate their employees, especially remote workers. Wearables such as smartwatches can be easily used to detect the location of remote employees, enabled by IoT devices powered by the next generation of network connectivity.
The introduction of IoT in the telecom sector is surely going to enhance operations and accelerate the growth of telecom companies. It will not only prove beneficial to the telecom sector but also to other industries that rely on the telecom industry. However, before implementing IoT devices, organizational leaders in the telecom industry should develop an effective strategy for the implementation and use of these devices. As new IoT devices and technology emerge, telcos must analyze how their current hardware and software meet the new demand. Any changes that need to be made to the existing systems must be made accordingly.