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The future of telecommunications relies on GenAI

GenAI, along with 5G and a diverse set of skill sets, will shape the future of the telecom industry
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Nicholas Ismail
Nicholas Ismail
Global Head of Brand Journalism, HCLTech
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The future of telecommunications relies on GenAI

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) stands as the pinnacle event for global telecom leaders, marking a gathering of visionaries and innovators in the industry. This annual event not only creates a platform for the unveiling of groundbreaking technologies but also provides a forum for discussing the challenges and trends that are set to define the telecom sector in the next decade.

Among the hurdles faced, the need to adapt to new infrastructure requirements and the demand for diverse skill sets in emerging technologies loom large. However, hope lies in the emergence of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI), the game-changing technology poised to revolutionize the telecom industry, and enhance network capabilities.

Sumithra Ranganathan, Global Head of Telecoms for Engineering and R&D Services at HCLTech, expressed the significance of MWC for telco leaders who are eager to explore and embrace the latest trends in technology.

“MWC provides the opportunity for industry leaders to come together, participate and unleash the potential of new technological advancements in the telecom industry,” she said.

With this objective in mind, Ranganathan and the HCLTech team are showcasing Proof of Concepts (POCs), solutions and services that will transform the telecom landscape.

Persistent telecom challenges

An ongoing challenge faced by the telecom industry is the need for infrastructure transformation, according to Ranganathan.

As the transition from on-premises solutions to cloud-based infrastructure gains momentum, this paradigm shift creates a pressing need for innovative solutions and technologies to facilitate a seamless transition.

Furthermore, the industry struggles with a “dearth of skill sets”, particularly in emerging technologies.

It is against this backdrop that GenAI emerges as a game-changer for the industry, offering a transformative approach to overcome these challenges.

“GenAI is a technology that will make like easier for all of us. It’s able to analyze data and provide optimized solutions for improved efficiency,” said Ranganathan.

The role of GenAI in the future of telecommunications

While GenAI is not a novel concept, it will emerge as an instrumental tool in empowering telcos to overcome infrastructure, productivity and security challenges. This technology has the remarkable ability to analyze data and provide customized solutions to improve overall efficiency.

According to Ranganathan, what sets GenAI apart is its remarkable capability to augment the human experience in embracing technology.

With features like natural language processing and chatbot interfaces, GenAI seamlessly blends automation with user-friendly interfaces, simulating a human touch. The technology's ability to communicate in a natural language has paved the way for 24/7 chatbot interfaces across industries, providing an improved experience for end-users. The chatbot interface is so seamless that users are often unaware they are interacting with an artificial intelligence-driven system, resulting in exceptional customer experience.

Other trends shaping the telecom industry

Beyond GenAI, several other trends will shape the telecom industry in the next decade. The continued evolution of 5G technology holds great promise, facilitating greater network accessibility and faster speeds. However, the impact of 5G is set to go even further, with the development of local and private 5G networks designed to enhance security for enterprises. Moreover, the rise of cloud computing will continue to revolutionize the telecom sector. In particular, the emergence of edge computing will become increasingly vital, reducing latency and providing seamless network access to end-users.

Beyond 5G, “6G is going to deliver greater bandwidth, lower latency and fantastic user experience for the end customer,” added Ranganathan.

Diverse skill sets

Amidst these transformative trends, the importance of diverse skill sets cannot be underestimated in driving innovation at scale within the telecom industry.

The rapid evolution of technology demands adaptable and skilled professionals who can navigate the dynamic landscape.

According to Ranganathan, organizations should prioritize continuous training and upskilling in areas such as cloud computing, network security and data analytics to stay ahead in this competitive industry. By incorporating GenAI into their workforce development strategies, organizations can unlock the potential of their employees, enhancing productivity, delivering better results and optimizing the product lifecycle management process.

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A catalyst for telecom innovation

MWC serves as a catalyst for telecom industry innovation and serves as a platform for leaders to delve into the latest trends, technologies and challenges that lie ahead.

The integration of GenAI presents a unique opportunity for telcos to address infrastructure challenges and leverage its capabilities to drive innovation.

Looking ahead, the acceleration of 5G, the proliferation of cloud computing and the rise of edge computing will define the telecom landscape in the coming decade.

With a focus on diverse skill sets and the seamless integration of GenAI into the telecom industry, organizations can tackle future challenges, deliver exceptional user experiences and embark on a transformative journey toward the next era of telecommunications.

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