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ICT Trends to Look Out For in 2022

The Covid-19 pandemic has shown us how swiftly the pace of technology can develop and change. 2022 will show a continued acceleration in the direction of digitalisation and digital transformation. We discuss the main trends you should look out for in 2022.

Shift from IoT to IoE

IoT connects machines where IoE develops intelligent connections between data, processes, people, appliances, and more.

  • The business sector will be the main driver behind technological growth in the following years.
  •  Business models will adapt to offer end-to-end services utilising the Internet of Things (IoT). 
  • 2022 will show a shift from simply using cases of IoT to applying applications and software that utilise the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Accelerated deployment of cloud

Gartner’s Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2022 report predicts that by 2025, cloud-native platforms will function as the base for over 95% of new digital initiatives, as opposed to less than 40% in 2021. Cloud computing boomed as a result of the pandemic and the forecast for 2022 predicts a continuous acceleration in the deployment of cloud services. 

Cloud deployments enable telcos to optimise their network resources and facilitate the ‘pay as you grow’ business approach which will also show popularity in the year to come. This minimises costs as companies pay only for the services they use and also allows them to go to market faster with their products and services. 

The cloud will also set the foundation for market growth and new revenue streams as new innovations, such as 5G are implemented.

Cybersecurity Mesh

As advancements in technology such as IoT allow more and more consumer data to be collected, cybercrime has become a valid threat. Cybersecurity will have to go beyond the traditional approaches in 2022, as the mobility of assets and users increases. The implementation of Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture will be prevalent in 2022. This essentially creates a security barrier around each user allowing them to safely access assets from any location or device.

Implementation of WiFi 6

It is evident that remote working is here to stay, however, this poses issues, such as insufficient infrastructure and connectivity. WiFi 6 is the answer. The employment of Wifi 6 will ensure that employees can remain productive from any location, as WiFi 6 is a reliable source of connectivity. 

Yeleti Shikwambane, Huawei Product Manager, said: 

“WiFi 6 offers far better redundancy. It means users don’t need to depend on a single work connection and guarantees that they can remain productive, enjoy uninterrupted connectivity and the right resiliency.”