Covid-19 Transforming the World of Telecommunications
There is no doubt that the world is currently experiencing a global pandemic that is reshaping our daily lives as well as the way business activities are being conducted. With the emphasis on social distancing as an effective means of curbing the rapid spread of the infection, many individuals, institutions, and industries have had to rely on telecommunications as a means of ensuring service continuity in order to prevent complete shutdown of their operations. This has put enormous pressure on both fixed and mobile networks.
There is an increase in countries imposing constraints on travel, our daily lives have necessitated more time at home and higher usage of data. The increase in bandwidth requirements on networks as millions of employees and students became homebound has significantly impacted the Telecom sector.
Most enterprises already have business continuity plans, but those plans may not adequately address the fast-moving and anonymous variables of an outbreak like COVID-19. As the companies that already implement network connectivity and telecom business solutions to end customers, service providers are required to enhance their attention to provide more reliable home-based communication and collaboration solutions.
The Impact of COVID-19
The coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic has caused extensive concern and economic catastrophe for consumers and businesses across the globe. The current scenario has confirmed that telecom infrastructure is critically essential and telecommunications services during the lockdown have enabled many to recommence working, studying, shopping and access to healthcare services.
Policymakers are reconsidering regulation for telecom networks, not only to enhance network bandwidth but also to improve cybersecurity. Telecom companies are considerably focused on assuring that there is adequate network capacity throughout the entire day (not only during peak times) because the progress in static traffic has increased exponentially.
Telecom Companies Prepared For The High Demand
As enterprises around the globe welcome the work-from-home alternative, the necessity for collaboration and communication solutions has testified a notable uptake. To complement that, technologies such as SDN/NFV and SD-WAN provide reliable communication solution possibilities for both large as well as medium companies. Telecom experts predict that this is progressing to be the new norm, even post the pandemic period.
Core technology such as IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and RPA will be evolving, enhancing and becoming more crucial than ever before. There are some of the steps telecom providers should take in order to meet the current work from home network bandwidth and internet usage resilience.