Expansion of telecommunication industry to emerging economies

Telecommunication industry is at the cusp of a great consumer revolution. The mobile explosion is leading the growth, providing strength and generating new opportunities. The coming future holds a promising future for professionals looking to advance their career in this sector. This is simply because the industry is right now in an expansion mode lead by new technology adoption in emerging economies.


The mobile ecosystem has emerged as the biggest strength of the telecommunication sector in 2013. This trend will stay for some time to come. Mobile equipped with internet accessing capability is not merely a matter of choice, but has emerged as a necessity for the educated homo sapiens of 21st century. Deeply etched in our daily lives, a smart phone sometimes decides the difference between the ordinary and extraordinary, & this is good news for the telecom industry.

Consumers are now deriving value from various next generation technologies such as 3G, 4G or LTE. This widespread adoption of higher speed internet is further expected to give the traction a boost in vertical markets.  The telecom economic forecast reveals a reduction in land line spending and increasing penetration of smart mobile devices like tablets and mobile devices. However, it is magnitude of the penetration that will dictate the future trend in telecom spending.

LTE expansion:   It’s been some years now since LTE or Long Term Evolution technology arrived on the scene. Having become a commercial reality in many countries such as United States, South Korea and the northern European nations, it is all set for adoption by emerging economies. As per Analysys Mason’s research, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America is going to account for the majority of network launches planned by 2018.

The immediate impact of the technology might not be as proliferated as initially it would be priced as a premium product. However, it would be only a matter of time before these emerging market countries starts taking full advantage of the technology.  In India, Bharti Airtel has already deployed 4G services in the metropolitan cities and another firm, Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm has inked a US $2.16 billion deal with Reliance Communication to deploy the 4G network using a mesh of optical fiber network.

Managing business functions in the current economic uncertainty: Economic uncertainty hasn’t been able to dim the enthusiasm of the industry experts as they go on to predict a bright future for all major companies in this business. The slow economy couldn’t push consumers to drop their data usage and mobile devices, both of which experienced an upward thrust. The most successful companies are those that are focusing on innovation in strategic areas such as cloud along with marketplace growth.

A Final word

The telecommunications industry will be about a $5.0 trillion sector by the end of 2013, which is notch higher from the $4.7 trillion value in 2012. It is also a one of the largest employment generators in the world, providing employment to 858,100 employees in the U.S. alone during 2012. Other regions like the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America are the future playground of all the major telecom brands. As such there will be a number of new telecom jobs in Dubai, the hub of all commercial activities in the Gulf. Similarly, emerging economies like India, Malaysia, Brazil and others are going to figure prominently in the expansion strategies of top telecommunication companies which include equipment manufacturers, carriers and service providers.

A blogger by profession and an engineer by qualification, Saurabh Tyagi started his career in new media 3 years back. Currently he freelance for major Indian brands like Shiksha.com, Naukri.com amongst others.

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