Another year has come and gone, but that just means there’s another year to look forward to. This is especially true if you’ve got your finger on the pulse of the latest technological advancements. With so much innovation and change over the last decade that has affected every sphere of life, it’s understandable if you’re excited to see what the start of the new decade will bring.
As Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of one of the biggest communication companies in the world, said, ‘the future of communication is technology’ and we couldn’t agree more. Technology changes how we communicate and interact with each other, and the last two decades have really shown how drastic those changes can be. Calling friends and family over the phone was once the only way people could communicate long distance, but now messages can be sent in the blink of an eye to anyone, anywhere. Technology is making the world seem smaller, and as technology advances, communication will only get easier.
With an estimated 38.5 billion devices connected to the internet in 2020, it seems obvious that a faster, safer and more reliable network is necessary. Between all the different smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, wearables, and connected smart home devices, the need to always be connected is clear. These devices are mostly based around 4G technology, but major telecommunications companies are making moves towards launching the newer 5G network at the start of the new decade.
Some network providers have started offering 5G service, but as it becomes more widely used, lightning-fast connection speeds and improved reliability will come to be expected by consumers. So, what exactly does this mean for you? The 5G network brings faster connection speeds of up to 100 gigabits per second, which is about 100 times faster than 4G. The 5G network also will solve the network congestion and bandwidth problem. Currently, there are so many devices connected to the 3G/4G networks, the infrastructure isn’t able to cope and the strain on the networks has become too much. The 5G network will handle devices differently and will be able to handle new and emerging technology like driverless cars.
Of course, before it can be completely adopted as the main network, there are still aspects that need to be fully worked out. With such a huge number of connected devices, a new level of security threat is presented as there are so many points where hackers could find vulnerabilities to exploit. It’s vital that security protocols improve, otherwise the benefits of 5G can be weakened and undermined by data breaches. In order to ensure security levels are where they should be and there is a smooth transition of infrastructure, 5G is being rolled out slowly around the world.
Another big push for improved connectivity is the advancement of the fibre network for ultrafast connection. The fibre broadband network is a response to the rising demand for better connectivity because of the increase in HD video and streaming. Not only will your Netflix playback be clearer and more reliable, but your video calling quality will be crystal clear with much less chance of the call being dropped halfway through your conversation. This is big news for communication apps like eyetime because it means delivering a better quality app experience to users.
The current copper cable broadband infrastructure is not nearly as fast as fibre connections. With a fibre optic cable, speeds can reach into the hundreds of terabits of data per second – close to the speed of light. There really is no comparison for copper-based transmissions, which currently top out at 40 gigabits of data per second.
Aside from an overwhelming speed upgrade, fibre optic transmission can also cover greater distances. Where copper cables are limited to roughly 100 metres, fibre optic cabling can transmit signals for up to 40 kilometres. This makes it much more reliable in terms of coverage, allowing smaller and remote cities to experience fast connection and increase ability to communicate via the internet.
If you thought your wearable tech couldn’t get any smarter, think again. In 2020, wearable technology like smartwatches and fitness trackers will start to use augmented reality apps and facial recognition, as well as increase the capabilities for communication with improved texting functions.
If you have a smartwatch, you know how convenient it can be to check your messages on your wrist instead of digging into your pocket to pull out your phone. Replying to messages is another story. While there are some brands of smartwatches out there that currently let you send texts, it will become standard very soon. By pairing your smartwatch with your phone, all you have to do to reply to a message is to use your voice. You can send emails and text messages just by talking to your smartphone. Who knows, maybe texting will soon become obsolete?
Industry experts and consumers alike are buzzing about the latest communication technology trends that are going to come to fruition in 2020. These trends will change how we all communicate with each other, both from a more technical aspect and the ease of device usability for communication purposes.