As someone who's been in and around the telecom industry for a long time, you can appreciate the kinds of changes I’ve seen over the years. At its basic level, we've gone from a world of monopoly fixed line service providers, to a de-regulated one where CLECs temporarily roamed, to the fragmented mobile-centric/Internet-centric business of today, where players like Amazon and Google and innovative device companies like Apple and RIM lead the way.
Today's communications world is not your grandfather's, or even your father's, communications world. What we used to call telecom is now a much broader industry that encompasses entertainment, Internet and web-based media and services and much more. And communications has been quickly converging with the IT world, which has necessitated a rethinking of how we approach a business architecture for the present day.
Today's manufacturing and consumer goods supply chains have become so complex, they incorporate almost every available facet of Information Communications Technologies (ICT). As these major industries retool for the future, they have identified common threads, including the elevation of decision-making to the highest levels of corporate accountability.
Semiconductors manufacturer Analog Devices, Inc., and provider of RF ICs (radio frequency integrated circuits), is offering an RF transceiver targeting short-range wireless systems in the global 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, science and medical) band.
The transceiver supports the IEEE802.15.4 standard and may be used to implement solutions based upon protocols such as Zigbee IPv6/6LowWPAN, ISA100.11a and Wireless HART, as well as offering the flexibility to implement proprietary FSK-based protocols with data rates of up to 2 Mbps.
Messaging and SMS are not typically considered major sources of bottlenecks or capacity management issues. But the diversity of networks that support messaging and growing competition over high-use subscribers may force operators to consider near-term investments in their network stacks to protect the long-term investment they already have.
When Tekelec recently published its white paper, "MM3.0: the Future of Messaging," it challenged service providers to consider requirements evolving through 3GPP, and to be prepared for these challenges.
So here we are in a brand new decade; in many ways, escaping from the “Noughties” won’t be all bad for the communications industry. After all, we weathered the telecom freeze in the early 2000s, which decimated the ranks of telecom equipment makers, forced consolidation among some carriers and increased regulatory actions in many parts of the world.