The telecoms industry not only faces a massive increase in data demand, it also needs to boost profitability and personalized experience at the same time. To meet this challenge by 2025 mobile networks need to support up to 1000 times more capacity, reduce latency to milliseconds, reinvent Telcos for the cloud and flatten the total energy consumption.

One gigabyte per day equates to a 60-fold increase, or roughly a doubling of traffic per user every 18 months, compared to the average 500MB per user per month some mobile networks in mature markets are seeing today. This demand will be driven by hundreds of thousands of data apps sharing the same network, each with its own requirements towards the network. Every user, human as well as machine, will expect the optimal experience from the network for its personalized set of applications.

Why do we believe demand for mobile broadband will grow to these dimensions? What will it mean for operators and their networks? And even more importantly, what are the vital capabilities and technologies we need to explore and develop in the next decade to make this happen?

  • Kieron Dony

    Connectivity performance is almost always tied to latency – Its common to have plenty of bandwidth but generally I find its the protocol that actually gets in the way. Even with the best (currently) available mobile network (4G), end-to-end latencies of 30-100ms are common (once in a connected state) and unconnected states can easily see this figure rise to over 600ms. To achieve the ultimate ‘internet of things’ we really need to see this figure drop below 100ms (even when in an unconnected state).