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The way in which we connect and communicate is shifting across all industry sectors due to the digital transformation which is taking place all around us. New advancements in communication technology are reshaping the industry and with this, new revenue streams are opening up. As full immersion into the next wave of digital occurs, 2016 is expected to be another game-changer year as developments and innovation in the mobile tech world continue to accelerate, with further 'smart' automation across devices and objects, and more sophisticated, secure services becoming increasingly present in our daily lives. So what can we expect in 2016, our view at a glance:
Data privacy and security
Data protection and privacy has always been a prominent concern, and with hackers becoming more astute in efforts to break the technology around us, this is not set to change in the year ahead.
Businesses are taking greater measures to protect their networks, data and customers, and we are seeing deeper levels of end-to-end encryption solutions being added to systems and services, particularly those online and with over-the-top (OTT) applications. Communication Service Providers (CSPs), enterprises and developers are doing more to strengthen security, which is is evident with the implementation of two and multi-factor authentication and one time passwords (OTP), particularly services where data is core to the transaction.
Given that mobile communications have become a prime target for hackers who desire to penetrate critical infrastructures and businesses, CSPs are also implementing new tools and protective measures that shield their networks from spammers, scammers and fraudsters and safeguard subscribers. In 2016, CSPs will not only be looking to merely block suspicious traffic but to use global threat intelligence and advanced analytics to secure the network against privacy and fraud attacks.
Security will remain on a CIOs top priority list, and Gartner predicts that more tools will be developed to counter these threats. As the digital space develops further, emphasis must be faced by organisations to build security into all business processes from conceptualisation to development.
Connected from all points
Everything in 2016 it seems, will be connected - with expanding access points across more applications and information available at the touch of a button not just from traditional mobile devices, but across more wearables, home electronic devices, automotive devices and environmental platforms. Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine-to-Machine will take hold present new business opportunities.
IoT, for example, has seen substantial growth, with a recent enterprise survey from Ovum finding that over 35% of respondents were already using or deploying M2M/IoT. This trend is set to continue into 2016, with this expansion supported by harnessing new digital technology such as WebRTC, for better globalized, unified, real-time communications. Internet of Things (IOT) will mean more embedded sensors allowing communication across the expanded networks. With these advances, we could start to see the integration of advertising opportunities for brands within these objects. Furthermore, IT organisations have realised this shift and IDC has predicted that by 2017, enterprises will dedicate at least 25% of their software development budget to mobile application development. Also, by 2016 the overall number of organisations who have adopted optimised mobility application quadruple.
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