The internet as we know it is transitioning to the latest Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) to fulfill the ever-growing need for internet connectivity. IPv6 promises long-term global and enterprise-level benefits and various businesses and technical service providers have already moved to IPv6-only or dual stack network driven operations.

Read more: Qatar: a model for IPv6 adoption

With the rise of cloud communications, voice calls using the internet have prospered. Voice over Internet Protocol — or VoIP in short — has existed since 1995 and its significance to the way communication evolved through time is often overlooked.

Read more: VoIP advancements with artificial intelligence and machine learning

The telecom industry keeps us globally connected via the phone, across the internet, over cables — anytime and anywhere. Mobile operators, satellite companies, internet providers, telephone corporations, and the infrastructure behind these organizations generate and collect a multitude of data on a regular basis. 

Read more: Data in telecom: key asset and key risk

With the proliferation of artificial intelligence and deep learning technologies, networks that replicate the functions of the human brain, the smartest and most complex known creation, have been created. You can thank these artificial neural networks (ANNs) for many of applications we use every day, such as Google’s search engine, Apple’s Face ID iPhone lock, and Amazon’s Alexa AI-powered assistant.

Read more: Brain of tomorrow: Artificial neural networks

To set the stage ready for the operation of the region’s first quantum computer, the Abu Dhabi’s Technology Innovation Institute (TII) unveiled the cryostat - the initial frame of its quantum computer that is being assembled in the UAE capital.

Read more: Abu Dhabi starts development of region’s first-ever quantum computer

Cloud technology is changing the way telecom operators function. Today’s networks demand faster and more reliable access to a growing number of resources, applications, and services. The increasing data traffic trend has given way to virtualized mobile core networks instead of on-premise infrastructure even as the rapid rollout of 5G deployments is underway globally.

Read more: Advantages of cloud-native technologies for telcos

The network of interconnectivity enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT) technology is gaining momentum as a catalyst for enhancing AI and ML capabilities, data analysis in real-time, industrial solutions, advanced security, edge computing, centralized connectivity, and data management, etc. for efficient operations.

Read more: Endless possibilities of Internet of Everything

Fixed wireless access (FWA) has risen in prominence over the past year. With FWA services surging almost 20% yearly to over 80 million in 2020, a market analysis sees that number of FWA connections would rocket to almost 200 million by 2026.

Read more: Fixed wireless access to bring 200 million connections by 2026

45 countries/territories have been identified with private network deployments based on LTE/5G or where 5G-suitable private network spectrum licenses have been assigned. The new ‘Private Mobile Networks’ market status report of GSA reveals that while LTE still accounts for the majority of private mobile networks deployment, the market share of 5G is growing.

Read more: 5G is now being deployed in 44% of private mobile networks

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