Telcos Of The Future: Bridging The Gap Between Imagination And Reality
Gulf Business|June 2018

Manish Vyas, president of communications business at Tech Mahindra, looks ahead at how the telecommunication sector could transform the way humans live, work and play

NOVELS AND MOVIES are fascinating, as they are driven by imagination and not constrained by shackles of practicality. There’s no better example than Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending epic picture Inception, in which Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, Cobb, states: “An idea from the human mind can transform the world and rewrite all the rules”.

Although some of these ideas may fail, there are some that do come to fruition. Although we are getting to see Google and Tesla build a truly autonomous car now, its first ever mention in a novel was in David H. Keller’s The Living Machine way back in 1935. And it made its debut in motion pictures in 1966’s Batman TV series with the iconic Batmobile.

All this reiterates the belief that imagination is the fundamental source of human development. Only when humans imagine it can they live, work and play better.

However, bringing this imagination into mainstream reality is a different task altogether and I would like to believe that telcos of future would be at the forefront of it.

But how could telcos transform the way humans live, work and play? Let us look at an example.

Harry is a tech-savvy individual from the next decade who regularly uses modern innovations to communicate, share, care (comfort), and travel in a way that is much different than what we do today.

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Communicate: Harry starts his day with a live hologram call to his friends to know more about their trip to India. Verizon and Korea telecom recently tested the first live hologram call enabled by 5G.

Share: His friends talk about their trip to the majestic Himalayas and share not just the sights and sounds but also the aromas, touch and taste of all the exquisite things they experienced there. Aromyx and Vapor Communications have been able to digitise senses – smell, touch, and taste – to recreate it elsewhere using sensors and connected devices.

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