Trends to Rule the Indian telecom industry in 2023

The telecommunications industry in India is at a turning point, as technological advancements pave the way for a new era of connectivity.
From the long-awaited arrival of 5G to the increasing importance of public cloud, cyber security, and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), we take a sneak peek at the key developments shaping the industry. India’s telecommunication network is the second largest in the world by number of telephone users (both fixed and mobile phone) with 1179.49 million subscribers as on 31 January 2021.

It has some of the most economical call tariffs in the world enabled by mega telecom operators and hyper-competition among them Telecommunication has contributed to the socioeconomic development of India and has played a significant role in the rural-urban digital divide to some extent. It also has helped to increase the transparency of governance with the introduction of e-governance n India. The government has practically used modern telecommunication facilities to deliver mass education programs for the rural folk of India.

The telecommunications industry is at a turning point, with technological advancements paving the way for a new era of connectivity. From the long-awaited arrival of 5G to the increasing importance of public cloud, cyber security, and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), let’s take stock of the key developments shaping the industry. With the growth of cloud computing, the increasing adoption of digital transformation, and the growing reliance on cloud BSS and billing platforms, it is clear that the future of telecom is both exciting and challenging.

So, here are the top telecom industry trends we can expect in the year 2023 Mobile downloads are more speedy than before It will not be a surprise to anyone that mobile download speeds in India will improve in 2023. This is because of multiple reasons, including the rollout of 5G as well as the 4G expansion. The median mobile download speed in India in Nov 2021 was 14.39 Mbps, which went up to 18.26 Mbps in November 2022. India also climbed seven spaces in the Speedtest Global Index ranking from 112th place in November 2021 to 105th place in November 2022.

Quick 5G Rollout to get Subscribers commercializing 5G and winning consumers will be a priority for telecom operators in 2023. This is true as even Airtel’s CEO, Gopal Vittal, said that 5G presents an opportunity for the company to add subscribers in the short term. Both Jio and Airtel are rolling out 5G at a rapid pace to cover the entire nation as fast as possible. Kechiche noted that BSNL plans to upgrade the 4G technology stack to 5G. Ookla’s consumer survey suggests that 48% of the respondents want to upgrade to 5G as soon as it is available in their area.

Right now, only Airtel and Jio are rolling out 5G. Vodafone Idea (Vi) customers would either have to go to Airtel or Jio’s network to experience 5G on their mobiles. Satcom to Disrupt Indian Telecom Landscape Satellite communications (Satcom) would disrupt the Indian telecom landscape in 2023, believes Kechiche. Jio Satellite Communications Ltd and OneWeb have already received a GMPCS license under the unified license by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). More companies, such as Star Link, want to penetrate the Indian market with their satellite broadband services, as India is still a market where fixed broadband connections have just reached 10% of households.

India’s National Broadband Mission highlights satellite as part of the technology mix to extend broadband connectivity across India. 5G FWA Regarded as one of the most user-friendly, the 5G FWA (fixed wireless access) has been pretty successful in markets such as South Africa, the United States, and the Philippines. The interest in 5G FWA is growing in India as well. Overall, 5G technology will significantly change how we use technology and communicate with each other.

Communication service providers and businesses that embrace 5G and its monetization opportunities will be well-positioned to succeed in the long run. Hyper scalers prompt cloud computing n the past three years, cloud computing has gained popularity as more companies have turned to digital service delivery to respond to the global pandemic. By 2026, the global hyper-scale cloud market is estimated to reach US$693.49 billion, according to Research and Markets.

The global hyper-scale cloud market is expected to grow by 2026. This potentially industry-changing technology is something that telcos should keep an eye on. One of the most significant factors influencing the hyper-scale cloud market is the growing adoption of hyper-scalers among SMEs in developing markets. Due to physical infrastructure and consistent technological evolution, SMEs are always looking for ways to curb IT costs and overcome the challenges related to data security, digitization, and high CAPEX