5 New Year’s resolutions for the telecom industry

Every year around this time we “gaze into our crystal ball” to identify key trends for the coming year. But this year I’ve decided to do something different. So, instead I’ll share some suggestions for New Year’s resolutions that we, as an industry, should work on together in 2017.

What’s the difference, you ask? Trends are defined by the general direction in which something is shifting or changing, whereas the dictionary defines resolution as “a firm decision to do or not do something” or “the action of solving a problem, dispute or contentious matter.” So while the trends of the past few years have prepared us to expect the unexpected when it comes to today’s networks and what users demand, now is the time for us to be bold in our solutions.

5 telecom resolutions for a healthy, happy and adventurous year

According to Nielsen, some of the most common personal New Year’s resolutions are centered around losing weight, staying fit and healthy, enjoying life, having fun and trying new things. So, I thought it would be both entertaining and informative to tie our industry resolutions to those same themes.

1. Make new friends: Embrace IT and telecom convergence

Telecom service providers have always used IT techniques to transform hardware and software from their suppliers into sellable network services. The continuing massive growth of data centers, cloud computing and virtualization is making the IT and telecom worlds not just adjacent but actually codependent and converged. These two worlds are now so interdependent, and they need to be best friends.

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