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The telecoms industry is changing. Radically.

Several trends are already well underway that will bring about a complete transformation of the telecommunications industry by 2020. Driven by both mobile saturation and changing behaviours we’ve mapped out these trends and the impact that they are going to have on not only the telecoms industry, but on consumers as a whole.

So what are the top trends transforming the telecoms industry?

INFOGRAPHIC: The Top Trends Transforming the Telecoms Industry. 1. Integration 2. Internet of Things 3. The shift to wireless 4. Connected cars 5. Complete Market Saturation

INFOGRAPHIC: The Top Trends Transforming the Telecoms Industry. 1. Integration 2. Internet of Things 3. The shift to wireless 4. Connected cars 5. Complete Market Saturation

1. Integration- It’s becoming cheaper and easier for people to get, and stay, connected. With a large proportion of national telecoms markets across the globe liberalising and opening up to competition the costs of providing connectivity are very much adhering to Moore’s Law and continuing to fall. This trend is progressing so quickly that by 2020 it is estimated that a staggering 72% of the world’s population will be connected to mobile.

2. Internet of Things (IoT)- By 2020 we will have witnessed an explosion in the number of connected devices in use, with some estimates suggesting there could be as many 26 billion devices making up the Internet of Things by this point. In tandem with this development we will see 5G become the core of the digital infrastructure as it links up developing IoT technologies, thus helping to support economic growth. This massive increase in connected devices will have on impact on data usage however. Expect to see an enormous growth in data volumes- pushing from exabyte to zettabyte volumes annually.

3. The shift to wireless- Hardline activity is falling behind mobile connectivity; and this trend is set to accelerate as more and more growth occurs in the developing world. In many instances these populations are highly transient and are thus heavily reliant on mobile solutions. To put this trend into context, an additional 1 billion people from developing countries are expected to connect to mobile networks in the next 5 years.

4. Connected cars- As we move towards an era of being constantly connected it only makes sense that our cars are connected too. A relatively recent development, the concept of connected cars is rapidly gaining traction amongst automotive manufacturers and will be yet another contributor to the telecoms industry’s ongoing transformation toward 2020. So what can you expect from a connected car? Expect to see; connectivity, mobile apps and data aggregation, driverless ability / autopilot, analytics and telemetrics.  What sounds like an abstract concept is going to be going to become a reality for millions of people very soon. Why? Because AT&T has announced plans to implement 4G technology in 10 million Ford cars in the next 5 years.

5. Complete Market Saturation- With baby boomers heading for retirement we will likely see them eventually entering retirement communities and assisted living facilities that are fully digitalised and connected. As a result, older generations will be effectively forced to adopt mobile and connected technologies. As this occurs, the last few percentages of market penetration will be achieved. In short, almost everyone will be connected and an era of complete market saturation will have arrived.

These are the top trends that we expect to see transform the telecoms industry by 2020.

The rapidly changing nature of the IT and telecommunications industry makes it more important than ever that you are able to access the niche skillsets and experience that your business will need to thrive in the new marketplace. And it’s not just about filling positions today. It’s vital that you have a recruitment partner that can help you build a pipeline of talent that will future-proof your business in preparation for the era of total connectivity and market saturation. Connect with Fircroft; the global workforce solutions provider that is ideally placed to help you achieve this.

To find out more about how Fircroft can help you build the workforce of the future speak to Richard Morten, Fircroft’s Global Director of ICT Recruitment today at

About Fircroft
Since 1970 Fircroft has been providing workforce solutions to the global technical engineering industries. Not only do we have a wealth of vacancies in ICT and telecoms, but we also recruit for some of the biggest businesses in Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals & Chemicals, Automotive, Mining & Minerals, Infrastructure & Construction and Power, Nuclear & Utilities.

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