Life as we know it will be changed after the pandemic, and according to technopreneurs. Already, the coronavirus has forced so many people to work from home, avoiding public places and large gatherings. But it seems to be just one of the many ways the Coronavirus has made its mark. The telecoms sector is going to be a huge player in reassimilating into society, adjusting to living effectively, with the need for seamless connectivity in work and leisure.
Here are some of the trends that will be a part of our normal, post COVID:
Virtual meetings: webinars and online meetings were a thing of choice until they became the only way out. From meetings with only a handful of participants to huge international seminars, travel might not be such a fun thing to do anymore, at least until fears of getting infected are allayed. Applications like Zoom, Google Meet, Go To Meeting and others have covered the distance.
Also, with social cultures like cinemas, tourist hotspots and theme parks on the lockdown, people have consumed majorly online content from the comfort of their mobile phones. Jasmeet Sethi, Head of ConsumerLab at Ericsson said when ‘people spend more and more time online, it is very likely that ownership of virtual goods will appear more important than actual physical ownership of goods‘.
Online Education: Before the lockdown, online certifications in the form of short courses, diplomas and even Masters degrees were gaining ground. Post-COVID there is bound to be a surge; Live classes will be held online, with room for more personal interaction. Dedicated education apps are on the rise with different user interfaces for both teacher and student.
Autonomous Commerce: The face of commerce will see an overhaul as online transactions will surge. The physical disconnect of businesses and their stakeholders will require the adoption to maintain continuity and improve customer experiences.
Shared Spectrum: According to Express Computer, to prevent network congestion and improve user experience, dynamic shared spectrum such as TVWS, CBRS give additional coverage and capacity to provide connectivity to unconnected population.
AI/IoT: Over the last year, Artificial Intelligence has been increasingly adopted, as an essential part of business survival. Combined with the global digitization taking place we will see a lot of AI/IoT taking the front burner. The AI journal says IoT enables remote readings of data from areas where human presence might be deemed dangerous, once remote devices are connected, control becomes as easy as clicking a button on a computer screen. Post-COVID, tech will be the trend. AI will enable more business data through analysis of real-time and historical data.
Remote Working: Apart from few sectors like the hospitality and tourism sector, who deal with people, more work will be done remotely, owing to the success of the imposed working from home as influenced by the pandemic. With more companies adapting and creating strategies to achieve maximum impact, and the distances between countries getting smaller under virtual work, you can cut a work trip of 5-hours to one minute, with the tap of a button.
Telemedicine: Medical practice over the internet can result in faster diagnosis and treatment. According to NYTimes, patients can have their ailments seen on a device by healthcare practitioners and have their treatment prescribed, instead of having to travel long distances and stay in a waiting room to see a doctor. Although it is unlikely an MRI can be done with one patient in a different vicinity from the doctor, telemedicine can enable patients to connect to appropriate specialists.
Driverless Cars: According to Forbes, driverless cars have been helping in the fight against COVID-19 and thus building positive public opinion in the process. They are being used to deliver food, medicine and other necessary supplies in the US. With more people being sceptical of boarding planes and getting infected with the virus- whose trust in the aviation industry would take a while to be regained, the driverless car industry will experience greater attention beyond delivering necessities but transporting people.
5G: Owing to the increasing demand for faster and higher bandwidth networks as a result of remote working and virtual experience, 5G which is estimated to have a greater quality of service will be adopted for high data transfer speed with low latency, increasing adoption of IoT devices, rising implementation of automation technologies across the end-user industries, and exponential rise in data traffic.