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Enea identifies trends that will shape the mobile industry in 2022

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 21 Jan 2022

Nation states will ramp up mobile cyber attacks; hyperscalers will mimic Google and introduce powerful proprietary encryption protocols; and new edge clouds could make the last mile vulnerable.

These are amongst the major trends Enea has highlighted in a new report about top trends that will shape the mobile industry in 2022. Each year, Enea surveys a cross-section of mobile industry thought leaders and experts to identify the key trends for the next 12 months.

For 2022, those thought leaders included ABI Research, Analysys Mason and Strategy Analytics. The trends in 2022 include the following.

State-sponsored cyber attacks accelerate and evolve: 2022 will undoubtedly bring an increase in the number and sophistication of nation state cyber attacks on mobile telecom infrastructure, the report finds.

As tensions between global power brokers intensifies in hotspots such as Taiwan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan, mobile networks’ value as a target for espionage and disruption will soar.

Furthermore, IT/OT/telco convergence and 5G’s expanded attack surface including 2G, 3G and 4G weaknesses will all provide ripe terrain for achieving geopolitical ends via cyber warfare.

Hyperscaler protocols dictate terms to operators: Complex encryption protocols, such as Google’s QUIC, based on UDP, were meant to keep subscribers safe and improve web and video performance, and they have.

However, they’ve left operators scrambling to maintain the traffic visibility they need to stay in the game, the report states. Expect more trouble ahead as UDP dominates traffic, and newer encryption protocols like eSNI and DoH/DoT become the norm.

Video delivery shifts to new edge clouds: According to analysts, the edge cloud market for mobile operators is set to grow significantly in 2022. Ultra-low latency applications like live multi-angle sports streaming and cloud gaming will be at the forefront of this growth. While Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) have been bringing content and users closer together for many years, the nature of the edge cloud tilts the game in favour of mobile operators, who have ready-to-go locations across thousands of towns and cities.

Sustain the environment and the bottom line: Driven by the disruptive impact of climate change, consumer pressure, and a need to cut costs, 'greenwashing' is out, according to the report.

Impactful earth-friendly strategies are in, but operators need to go beyond the straightforward savings of virtualisation.

For example, Subscriber Data Management systems with flexible capacity expansion and smart synchronisation between servers can deliver TCO reductions of up to 50%.

What’s more, RAN congestion management can increase cell site capacity by 15% also reducing hardware footprint.

Wi-Fi ties the knot with 5G: As mobile operators deploy 5G, they’re struggling with in-building penetration that is up to 100x worse than 3G/4G.

This undermines their ability to displace the residential broadband market and support indoor enterprise IoT use cases.

With Wi-Fi 6 tripling the available spectrum of earlier WiFi specifications, 2022 will see operators building their own Wi-Fi 6 capacity in public locations combining Wi-Fi 6 and 5G.

Enea CEO Jan Hglund says, “For mobile operators, 2022 will usher in both opportunities and threats that deeply impact their bottom line.

"In the past, network providers had to grapple with encroaching hyperscalers, now a plethora of attack vectors make security in particular a critical consideration. We trust that the trends highlighted in this year’s report provide a roadmap for mobile operators to navigate our post-pandemic world.”

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