How Smartphones Changed the World of Telecommunications Forever

Telecommunications is a huge industry where, depending on where you are, many big players fight for consumers’ money or monopolies enjoy close to no competition. Most big telecommunications corporation were built at times when traditional media was the only way to consume content and they made a lot of money because they were the only ones to provide content. Nowadays, while they still make a lot of money, these corporations have to change their business models if they want to stay relevant and be able to offer what their customers want. One device kickstarted a revolution in the telecommunications industry, the smartphone. In this article, we will talk about how the smartphone changed the world of telecommunications forever.

The iPhone’s Arrival in 2007 Started the Smartphone Revolution

Indeed, before the iPhone’s launch, the smartphones were more productivity oriented than content consumption oriented. However, when Steve Jobs showed the iPhone to the world back in 2007, a revolution began. The iPhone was the first device that made looking at photos and watching videos on a small device enticing and after its worldwide success, other phone makers tried to replicate Apple’s recipe for success. People discovered that they needed to consume content on the go and this new-found need would push the boundaries of wireless technologies.

Mobile Content Consumption Accelerated the Evolution of Wireless Data Networks

Now that people knew that they wanted to consume content on their phones, current wireless data networks would be heavily taxed and prove to not be fast enough for consumers needs. Indeed, older wireless data network standards had a hard time to quickly load heavy media, especially videos. This is why we went from 3G networks to 4G then to LTE networks in a decade. Today, people load YouTube videos and stream music at blazing fast speeds over LTE networks like it is a gimme but it was not always as fast and convenient to do so.

The Evolution of Wireless Data Networks Forced Governments to Manage Their Radio Spectrum More

The majority of the world’s governments tightly manage their radio spectrum to ensure that every service that needs them can properly work. In order to expand their wireless data networks, telecommunications services providers must acquire new frequencies from the radio spectrum from the government. Each country has its own way of allocating these frequencies. For example, in Canada, the government sells new frequencies through auctions which means that telecommunications companies that wish to buy radio spectrum frequencies need to outbid their competitors in these government lead auctions.

This necessity to manage radio frequencies also gives work to spectrum management companies as they can provide equipment and their expertise to governments. Spectrum management is an important industry that has a great future.

The Smartphone Revolution is Shaking Telecommunications Companies’ Ways of Doing Business

Before the smartphone revolution, telecommunications companies provided Internet, phone and TV services and could charge pretty much what they wanted for them since there weren’t any other ways to consume content. When the smartphone gained popularity, people began to question the ways of telecommunications giants. When services such as Netflix became widely know and loved by users, people started rejecting the ways of these companies. Why would I pay for cable when all I watch is available on Netflix? is what we start hearing more and more from people, especially younger ones that watch way less TV than their parents. If telecommunications companies do not change how they do business soon, they will lose a lot of customers.

This concludes our article on how smartphones changed the world of telecommunications forever. When you think about it for a second, it is crazy how such a small devices is shaking the foundations of old and wealthy companies and changed our way of consuming content forever. If you are like us, we bet that you would never go back to a time when there is no smartphones.