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A Review Of The 2018 Mobile Industry Predictions

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In the mobile industry, 2018 certainly did not disappoint in terms of trending activity. The T-Mobile acquisition of Sprint (still pending as of this writing), 5G, IoT, rich communications services (RCS), and network neutrality were dominant themes throughout the year.


In my opinion, 5G was overhyped. Blockchain technology made some headlines. Mobile payments (such as Android Pay and Apple Pay, among others), continued to gain prominence. Digital transformation, a rather ethereal term that describes the transformation of enterprises to digital channels and solutions, has been a frequent topic, with mobile capabilities being the most prevalent. Online security and hacking attacks continued to dominate news cycles with two-factor authentication failures (or the failure to use it) at the center of several of them.


As I do every year, I reviewed last year’s predictions to see how our prognostications fared. In the 2017 predictions, only 61% were correct, but for 2016 predictions, we were 83% correct, and 82% correct for 2015 predictions.


Click here to read the full list of predictions for 2018.


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William Dudley has almost 30 years of experience building and managing telecommunications network infrastructure. He defines SAP Digital Interconnects’ global solutions strategy within the mobile ecosystem, focusing on solutions for messaging, next-generation networks (LTE, IPX), and mobile consumer engagement. As mobile evangelist, he communicates through both internal and external publications and is active in industry groups.