Telecom

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Telecommunication Carriers

Telecommunication carriers are some of the largest companies in the world. In fact, AT&T, which is the leading telecommunications company in the U.S., had a market value of over $171.8 billion in 2020.

In addition to noteworthy mergers and acquisitions, the industry has been focused on 5G cellular service, which delivers faster download speeds for mobile data, low latency, and higher data caps.

However, before we delve in any further, let’s start with some basic definitions:

The term “telecommunications carrier” is a catch-all that covers all entities that provide some form of telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, governments and other telecom providers as their primary business. This may include fixed or mobile communications, and/or voice or data.
A carrier network is the proprietary network infrastructure belonging to a telecommunications service provider such as AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. Telecom carriers are authorized by regulatory agencies to operate telecommunications systems.
Carrier networks are made up of large, complex configurations of hardware, interconnected to provide communications services to people spread over large areas.
Devices served by a carrier network include telephony equipment, CATV (community access television) receivers, satellite television receivers, mobile computing devices, PCs, and certain types of specialized devices, such as medical and surveillance equipment.

In short, carrier networks distribute huge quantities of data across the globe! Today, most of this is done through fiber optics, although portions of some networks still use cable. Even internet service to individual users can take place through …

2016 Predictions for the Telecommunications Industry

Believe it or not, we are about to embark on the last month of 2015. It’s the time when we begin to look ahead and determine the changes and shifts we will need to make within our businesses for the next year. In the world of telecommunications, the changes that take place within our industry are vast and fast-moving. At Millennia Technologies, we enjoy keeping up-to-date on the latest in wireless solutions within the telecommunications industry, so we know how to shift and adapt our business to them.  Because of this, we thought we’d share some of the trends and predictions our industry will likely begin to see in 2016:
More Mobile Than Ever
As if we thought the telecommunications industry couldn’t get any more mobile, it appears there is still some room for improvement. It’s predicted that into 2016, we will see continued expansion of applications and tools that allow us to interact with each other even more effectively through our mobile devices, home-based electronics, and even with our automotive tools. Many are calling this idea “the digital mesh.” And although many wireless solutions are now ultimately connected to the back-end applications through a variety of networks, as 2016 goes on we should begin to see more connectivity models as well as enhanced cooperation between devices.
Smart Machines
Machines will be made more intelligent because they will be programmed to understand current concepts as well as how to learn new ones.  With …

Unified Communications: 4 Challenges and How to Overcome Them

The 4 Most Common Obstacles of UC Implementation

The implementation of a Unified Communications (UC) system is becoming increasingly popular for companies of all sizes. Organizations realize these technologies can reduce costs, streamline processes and enhance productivity. These system changes can not only improve the business operations in-house, but also with offsite employees who need to collaborate and connect to various systems in order to work effectively at other sites or mobile locations.

Typically though, no massive system change from a desk phone over to a softphone is viewed as an easy task for businesses. When changing what has become a force of habit for day-to-day business tasks, there may be some growing pains. However, most of these obstacles are manageable as long as proper preparation occurs.

In order to best prepare for the possible concerns with a UC change over, let’s evaluate the most common obstacles:

Obstacle #1 Resistance Giving Up Established Systems

Let’s be honest, sometimes it’s just nice to do things the way we’ve always done them. Many employees feel this way about their phone systems. However, with the proper training program implemented regarding the features and benefits of the new system, the transition becomes more accepted and understood.

Obstacle #2 Financial Concerns

Although UC systems are often a much less expensive option than traditional phone systems of the past, they still require an investment. About 73% of companies with $5,000 or more employees report that cost is an issue for implementing a new system. This concern is partially …