Everything around us is interconnected. And the best proof of this is the telecommunication industry’s state amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the spring of 2020, GlobalData researchers assessed the impact of the COVID-19 on several hundreds of enterprises in 15+ sectors in technology, media, and telecommunications.
Thus, as GlobalData experts explained, the telecommunications sphere will flourish in the post-COVID-19 era. Undoubtedly, by far, the global pandemic is the most crucial event that will influence the technology and telecommunications area within a few years. Nonetheless, its effect will be short-term.
Telecommunication firms are believed to operate well once the COVID-19 is taken under control, as the global connectivity index will increase, and businesses will be well-prepared for similar critical circumstances. Six new trends are expected to be widely implemented by telecom companies, which will begin in 2021.
Let’s look at what technologies and techniques will stimulate the telecommunications sector’s development shortly.
Tech # 1. The Introduction of 5G
5G will provide base station devices for various levels of enterprise-wide application scenarios, including transportation and public places. Different application scenarios require more diversified energy solutions for telecommunications, which can turn the sector into a more flexible industry.
Tech # 2. The Digitalization of Energy
Thanks to the introduction of 5G technology, the amount of stations has increased dramatically, and the operation and maintenance mechanism has become more intricate. The growth of operating expenses will absorb the operators’ profits.
Simultaneously, the digitalization of energy is crucial for simplifying technical operation and reducing maintenance costs. According to specialists, due to digitized perception and data engineering techniques, 75% of stations worldwide will receive digital energy by 2021. This will allow operators to create simplified, eco-friendly, and autonomous survey grids.
Tech # 3. The Application of Lithium Batteries
Due to the 5G developing at a breathtaking pace, there has been a quantum leap in stations’ energy intake. Thus, there is a dire need for an energy-accumulating system with enhanced energy intensity, making lithium batteries the perfect solution to this issue. At present, lithium batteries’ service life is longer than that of lead-acid accumulators, and Li-ion batteries can work long after being charged than their lead-acid counterparts.
Besides that, the LLC of lithium rechargeable batteries is significantly lower when compared to lead-acid accumulators. From 2021 to 2023, the value of LIBs will be leveled off by 25%.
Consequently, lithium-ion batteries’ price is expected to be similar to lead-acid accumulators’ price in 2021. Moreover, the cyclicity of Li-ion batteries may be utilized to the fullest. The peak smoothing feature will help avoid network output enhancement and readjustment. The flexible energy price can be changed to cut down energy costs, further reducing the network construction and operation costs.
Tech # 4. The Convergence of the ICT Power Sources
The promotion of the 5th-generation nets made it possible to integrate artificial intelligence into all aspects of people’s lives. Technology enterprises have begun using networks of communication technologies to designing different apps. Thus, the combination of ICT power sources is a growing trend.
This conversion represents specific needs to protect the electricity supply and standby feed of the power plant and telecommunications closets. Electrocommunication energy must support standby electrical power, management of heat, space, and cables of communication and information-technology machines to meet other daunting tasks in the operation and technical support.
Tech # 5. The Use of Artificial Intelligence
Expansion in the number of 5G stations and increasing electric power utilization results in high maintenance and energy usage costs, which may hinder the rapid adoption of new-generation networks. The technology of interaction with artificial intelligence will be of paramount importance for handling this issue.
The use of interaction technologies of machine intelligence in the telecommunications power industry includes modeling the AI algorithm to enhance site resources’ configuration in fragmented nets and enhance power usage effectiveness, and intelligent analysis to deploy autonomous control networks.
Tech # 6. The Simplification of Full-Stack Gateway Units
On a short-term horizon, communications will be omnipresent, and stations will be installed more densely. During the epoch of 5G, electric grids from node to carrier and core nets will become larger systems, demanding relieved stationing and total ownership control costs.
Simplified technologies for throughput power grids of the full lifecycle will be widely applied, like one power supply unit for one block and autonomous guidance systems. All this will considerably boost site formation and capability increase, lessen energy exploitation, and allow for more facilitated energy networks.