The pandemic has accelerated the trend towards the digitalization of businesses and investments in the TMT sector in 2020-21. Moreover, the pandemic has driven growth in the telecommunication sector with online gaming, video streaming, mobile data consumption, remote working models, voice traffic, residential broadband, and most importantly the penetration of cloud computing. The industry witnesses companies making several operational improvements in network infrastructures to cope with increased technological demands.
Today, corporations and governments are becoming more interconnected which directly raises the potential of security attacks. The most common security challenges a business faces in terms of cybersecurity are data tampering and malicious hackers which has led to many new companies starting to offer blockchain solutions in cybersecurity.
#Blockchain in Telecom Industry. The benefits blockchain can bring to the internal (roaming) or external (IoT) services will enhance services. Deploying blockchain layers in IoT applications will enable automated settlements of secure data transfers and storage. Deutsche Telekom; a staking-as-a-service business, along with Telefónica and Vodafone, have deployed a trial for automated settlement of roaming agreements with the help of Smart Contracts. Blockchain can evolve to become a strategic stride for telecom operators deploying validation nodes in proprietary data centres, which will help telcos avoid becoming “dumb data centres” in the Web 3.0 era.
#Digital Infrastructure. 5G and aggressive FTTH penetration have driven continuous investment in the fibre market. Optimal profitability will shift from tier 1 to tier 2/3 cities to avoid overbuilding. In 2022, investment in small cells/ private networks will accelerate more capital investments in next-gen digital infrastructures such as Wireless NetCos, edge data centres, and satellites.
#Payment Tech. Payment technologies are in high demand across industries and enhance the payment modes for financial services. The ecosystem of service providers, system integrators, aggregators, etc is now primarily focusing on financial technologies (Embedded financial services, Cross-border payments, and Digital wallets) to multifold their yearly revenues.
Brands across the industry verticals are using live streaming and interactive bots via social media to promote products, marketing, branding, and Q&A sessions with viewers to capture feedback. Pandemic accelerated the demand for digital games and e-sports with new subscriptions driving increased investment opportunities across the regions. The gaming market is expected to grow by over 200 billion USD by 2022.
The video-on-demand (VoD) global market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.5% by this year. OTT platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ Hotstar provide subscribers with access to bundles based on unique subscription models. (We offer expert intelligence regarding the demand & supply of services in multiple industries and applications as well as specific information on technology service providers, current trends and related technologies).
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