The Emerging Telecoms Trends of 2021

So many things have changed in 2020 and the pandemic has changed the way we work and communicate.

Mode looks at the telecommunications trends we all need to look out for in 2021 that will continue to shape the way we all communicate.


T Mobile has committed to offering nationwide 5G coverage by the end of next year which means all its rivals will be desperately trying to compete! However, this is the most prominent telecoms trend, and this is only going to get bigger into 20201 as carriers race to prepare their 5G networks and manufacturers try to introduce more 5G-capable devices to the market.

Edge Computing

Companies have needed to do business in a different way this year and this has incited a new approach to I.T. Forrester has predicted that edge computing will be deployed more next year. In essence, edge computing is already all around us. Many of us have computers on our wrists, many have smart utility grid analysis, videos streaming. Basically, edge computing is data analysis that takes place on the device in real time rather than data being sent to the cloud and processed there. It means everything will happen locally. This does not mean that cloud computing becomes redundant it just means that the data usually sent to the cloud and processed in those data centres will not be necessary.

Internet of Things (IoT)

This has been mentioned as being one of the most significant trends in 2020. IoT is the connection of devices, endpoints and assets that have never been able to communicate with the network. AS a result of the pandemic, all businesses had to get creative: Touchless ordering, touchless delivery, connectivity in new placed, devices have certainly been needed this year to keep businesses running! Therefore in 2021 we believe we will see a new demand in IoT applications and solutions probably being driven by the healthcare, remote asset monitoring and any location-based services, particularly as people start to return to offices.

Network connectivity

As some people may continue to work from home and with the explosion of IoT, there is going to be demand on network connectivity. Service providers have been slowly adding to their infrastructures, expanding fibre networks for example so that they can reach more businesses, along with the implementation pf 5G attempting to make connectivity smarter and quicker.

Whilst we can’t always predict the trends that will take off and expand, one thing we do know for sure, 2020 and the speed with which we all had to adapt in order for business to survive has created a boost in our telecommunications technologies.

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This post was written by Anwen Haynes

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