As we usher in the new year, expectations run high. Telecom will continue to be the big story. With smartphones getting integrated into urban daily lives, 4G services will gain ground. There will be a tussle for user attention via apps, with new models emerging on apps riding within popular apps, and companies grappling with the app versus site decision. Simultaneously, the demand for WiFi will explode as continuous connectivity, resulting in productivity improvement, seeps in.
India shall continue to see 2G services being used by a large number of Rs. 1100 handset subscribers, and 3G network continuing to be the mainstay for voice and data experience. As premium data subscribers with high ARPUs jump on the 4G bandwagon, investments shall continue to happen for 2G and 3G technologies too. Service providers will continue to be under pressure, as they require more capital to sustain their operations
The underlying telecom market trends of mobile broadband, M2M, cloud computing, OTT services, and Big Data management will continue to propel the broader telecom sector ahead. In addition, with further advancements in wearable technologies, attention will turn more and more toward 5G infrastructure. Commercial 5G is not expected to become available in any significant way until around 2020, with full deployment expected only toward the end of that decade.
With the NOFN project rechristened as BharatNet, the private sector's increased involvement, and the outlay revised from Rs. 20,000 crore to Rs. 72,000 crore, a fiber-lit India providing broadband access to 250,000 may soon become a reality.
The enterprise network is undergoing an exciting period of change. Today's enterprises require a network that is tailored to their specific needs, which helps achieve tangible business outcomes, and is easy to deploy and easy to maintain. More users will begin to recognize the benefits of software-defined networks, and network analytics will become more commonplace.
With increasing levels of stress placed on the enterprise network, automated and intelligent network technologies will become the way forward for businesses to future-proof themselves, and to better dedicate resources to pursue business growth.