Trends in telecommunications and computer science


New opportunities are opening up in Digital Communication Systems thanks to the massive amount of data being generated in an increasingly digital world

New opportunities are opening up in Digital Communication Systems thanks to the massive amount of data being generated in an increasingly digital world

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of digital technologies and access to the Internet took on new importance, especially in sectors like finance, media, e-commerce, and education.. Governments and industry had to leapfrog their plans for digital transformation on their business processes and services. What would have normally taken two to three years to complete was now compressed into a six to 12-month window.

One of the most striking side-effects of this has been an increase in the volume of data being generated outside the traditional boundaries of the business-home environment such as web-based conferencing for meetings, lectures, and business transactions. Indeed, some companies were “reportedly carrying up to 60% more data on their networks than they did before the crisis”, according to the Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2021- 2025. Apart from business/commercial data, there has also been a rise in the amount of data generated by streaming and catch-up video services, online shopping, social media, and multi-player gaming as citizens remained indoors for longer periods. 

This trend is leading to a plethora of Internet-enabled sensors and devices generating all sorts of data from domains such as smartphones, wearables, air-land-sea vehicles, humans, animals, buildings, infrastructure, and utilities. Estimates vary as to the many millions of devices that are added to the Internet every month.

Trends

A number of technology trends are seeing increasing investments and adoption from governments and industry including Artificial Intelligence (AI); Faster Mobile Networks ; Autonomous Vehicles; Industrial and Service Robots; Blockchain-Cyber Security; New Energy Vehicles (NEVs); Renewable and Biodegradable Plastics Materials; Net-zero IoT Sensors; and Data Trust Frameworks. 

One area that provides the glue for all these technologies to connect, cooperate and…

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