Here are few of Tanaza’s 2016 predictions on the development of the information technology industry.
1) A Wi-Fi connection no matter where you go
Having daily access to reliable Wi-Fi is essential nowadays. People are no longer satisfied with just having a good connection at home, they also want to be connected everywhere else. While Wi-Fi hotspots are already big hit in metropolitan cities, like NYC with LinkNYC, Wi-Fi’s increase in value has now also led to the deployment of hotspots in public locations of rural and remote areas around the world, as well as on airplanes, airports and railways, for those who seek a connection while traveling. To give everyone the possibility of unfettered access to Internet, the number of Wi-Fi deployments has risen over the past years. According to the ”Global Wifi Hotspot Market Analysis & Trends – Industry Forecast to 2020‘, within the next five years, the Wi-Fi hotspot market is expected to increase by 16%, generating approximately $3.3 billion in revenue.
2) The popularity of Mobile and Video trends will continue
Considering most consumers own at least one type of mobile device where they access, store and share information, it is estimated that the popularity of mobile and video trends will continue to grow. As of lately, creating, viewing and sharing video content is becoming the go-to platform to communicate and stay relevant. In consequence, one of the most sought out forms of communication on a mobile device is video chat. Furthermore, watching Live and streaming videos on mobile devices has almost surpassed the popularity of watching TV on a regular television. The rising popularity of on-demand streaming media websites like Netflix, now also available as an app, have facilitated online video streaming on mobile devices providing users with an endless catalog of movies and shows of multiple genres in numerous languages on-demand.
3) Desktops and laptops are not yet obsolete
Over the past few years, the use of mobile devices has skyrocketed and the demand for older technologies has dropped. As a result, businesses are doing their best to stay current by making all their content mobile ready, in fear that older technology will quickly become obsolete. While this could be the highpoint of mobile device usage as a result of the high demand and high supply for mobile products, it seems highly unlikely that in the foreseeable future mobile devices will completely replaced. Seeing as creative work, gaming, and programming, to name a few, are tasks that require a large screen, the use of older, established technologies, such as desktop computers and laptops, will continue to be relevant.
4) Making phone calls with Wi-Fi
To meet the demand of the multiplying Wi-Fi traffic, many networks have enabled VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and although not all networks or devices are suitable for VOIP phone calls with Wi-Fi, it is only a matter of time before this becomes a popular way to communicate. With the increase in Wi-Fi deployments worldwide and thanks to apps like Whatsapp, Viber, and Facetime, if you own a mobile device and have a stable Internet connection, Wi-Fi calling will become your go-to communication platform.
5) More organizations will begin using the ‘Cloud’.
Based on the success that the ‘cloud’ has already had over the past years, more organizations are expected to begin using cloud-based applications in 2016. The transitioning to ‘cloud’ technology to manage Wi-Fi networks will enable more organizations to implement a reliable network for employees that will provide the opportunity for cost savings, increasing efficiency and improving security. It will also improve the guests’ experience, providing fast and easy connectivity for user’s login onto the organization’s WLAN.