There was a time not too long ago, when telecom providers could exclusively focus their attention on smartphones, laptops, and tablets. However, the landscape is rapidly changing, and that narrow niche is a thing of the past. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), service providers now need to begin catering to the myriad devices that were not previously connected – and will soon be using their networks to communicate.
From smart meters and interconnected automobiles, to measuring sensors for weather, traffic, road signals, and more, new IoT devices are emerging every single day. As consumers adopt the technology, these “things” are expected to generate more data than ever before, and telecom providers are going to see a rapid increase in the number of devices using their network to send and receive data. As such, they need to prepare for the new demand, so that they can ensure that all connected devices and sensors are able to perform optimally, enjoying fast, secure, and seamless communication when the time comes. Here’s how:
1. Prepare for the new level of traffic and data that IoT will generate. To meet the demands of IoT networks, service providers need to rethink their infrastructure and services. For some, this will look like consolidating their core networks so that they’re simpler and able to introduce new services more quickly. For others, it will require upgrading the existing infrastructure to make sure the connected devices have access to the increased bandwidth they need.
2. Increase security at every layer. There’s no way around it. More devices equal an increased risk to data security, device security, and privacy. To counter this inherently unsafe climate, all telecom providers should ensure that security is present at every level of the network. We also recommend investing resources in improving the infrastructure and considering cloud services to lessen the impact of any breaches.
3. Implement a horizontal platform. A horizontal management platform allows telecom providers to manage their connections and support applications in a brand new, more effective way. Horizontal platforms are ideal because they ensure continuous IoT application availability, allow IoT networks to keep pace with new rollouts, and give providers the flexibility they need to scale and adapt on demand.