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5 Telecom Trends to Expect in 2023

5 Telecom Trends to Expect in 2023

telecom trends in 2023Making sure an organization is prepared for the upcoming year is essential for proper business planning. Learn what 5 telecom trends in 2023 to expect in the article below.


Given the current geopolitical state, cybersecurity has been and will continue to be a growing trend. In 2023, network operators need to ensure the appropriate measures have been taken from turbulent market conditions and overall cyber-attacks. The most essential areas of focus are potential data exposure for hackers or thieves and employees unaware of basic security measures such as email phishing schemes.

In the telecom realm, cybersecurity is ever more prevalent as it provides the infrastructure backbone of the communications. If there is a potential data leak or exposure within a telecom company or the network itself, this can pose a myriad of issues to downfall the organization and its users. In 2023, telecom companies will provide a high level of security to its end-users with more secure checks and balances within the organization network.

Cloud Communications

The advantages of reallocating critical infrastructure to the cloud will continue to be beneficial for telcos in 2023. The multitude of cloud offerings, such as public, private, and hybrid clouds will continue to develop and be a better resource option over private data centers. Cloud Communications will provide telecom service providers with option for on-demand scalability. It will be easier to accommodate fluctuations in demand and provide end-consumers with more options.

According to a market research report on Cision, “the global Cloud Computing Market size is expected to grow from USD 371.4 billion in 2020 to USD 832.1 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 17.5% during the forecast period.”

Stand Alone 5G

A continuing trend in 2023 will be 5G services. However, in the past few years, 5G has been utilizing the previous 4G network. In the upcoming year, more and more telcos will be moving towards private 5G, specifically SA 5G or Stand Alone 5G. These private next-generation networks will provide users with ultra-reliable connectivity, consistency, and an increase of speeds. Not only does this have a positive impact on the telecom industry but a multitude of other industries as well, such as improved manufacturing, telehealth services, and more.

telecom trends to expect in 2023 – Eiffel tower 5G

An increasing number of progressive service providers in several markets are deploying 5G SA networks. More than 20 had launched public 5G SA networks on mid- and low-band by the end of 2021.1 This figure is expected to double during 2022 as more service providers deploy 5G New Radio (NR) SA and 5G Core networks.

Containerization and OTT

This technical trend for 2023 will provide the foundation for future network systems. To understand the trend, one must break down containers and its components. Containers are packages of code that can ultimately function on its own to run a program. Containers are also capable of installing all the prerequisite files, libraries, and software initially needed for the program to run.

The next component of this upcoming trend is how it applies to OTT. OTT stands for Over The Top and when applied to containers, it describes any service that is not delivered via traditional receivers and cables. An example of this is media services streaming over the internet. As networks and software continue to develop in complexity, these services are continuing to develop and more of these options will be made available in 2022. “The Over-the-top (OTT) market size is estimated to grow by USD 439.12 billion from 2022 to 2027 at a CAGR of 24.85%, according to Technavio.”

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) have the ability to disrupt every industry. The telecom industry will continue to see these factors develop and improve. Some examples of AI and ML in telecom in 2023 will be network traffic optimization, virtual chat bots or assistants, and cybersecurity. With the continuing development of server networks and adoptions of containerization with OTT, cloud communications, and advancements in 5G, AI and ML will become more prevalent throughout the upcoming year.

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Written By: Valerie Stephen

Valerie Stephen