Future Trends

Trends are shaping our world. Changes are happening everywhere. They’re affecting what the world will become and how our future is shaped. Huawei has observed these 12 emerging trends. And we’re thinking about how these trends affect you, the ICT industry, and the world and us.

Building a Better Connected World is our answer to these trends.

Let's work together to embrace these changes and to succeed in new markets.

Mankind finally achieved a population of one billion in the 1800’s. These days, the world’s population is growing at a rate of one billion every twelve years. We now have 7.2 billion people and more than 25% of them are below 18 years of age. Driven by their love of technology, young people will help define the future of mankind. Young people crave the opportunities that go hand in hand with ubiquitous connection; as the most tech-savvy of us all, they will increasingly determine the direction of development.

Challenges of grand scale are creating grand opportunities – especially now that every remote corner of the world is coming online. Financial and energy services, healthcare, education, and transportation are just a few areas where connection is adding new leverage to the benefits of scale. Individuals, businesses, governments, and organizations of every kind are contributing to an efficient web of information sharing. Being smarter at scale means connecting individuals to systems in a way that optimizes what every party can accomplish, separately and together.

The human race is quickly becoming the urban race. In the last 100 years, the world’s population of city-dwellers has increased from 14% to more than 50%. This trend is picking up speed. By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities. The rapid surge in urban populations demands that industry and municipality leaders rise to the challenge posed by massive populations of urbanites who have constantly changing needs. Governments and enterprises will have unprecedented opportunities to connect with those they serve.

These days, many people belong to several social media networks and they expect their favorite brands to have a presence as well. Organizations have never before had tools to connect with people this way. A connected world is inherently transparent and that means that even B2B companies must maintain a B2C relationship. Marketing departments are no longer in sole control of a company’s brand. Customers also define brand, and they will do this on their own if you don’t connect with them. Companies must engage and understand customers or lose them.

In addition to selling products or services, companies must also sell themselves. In a better connected world, consumers are extremely aware and empowered. They track supply chains and value chains in order to reward corporate social responsibility and punish companies that are unethical or irresponsible – even those that don’t face the consumer directly. In the past, consumers only needed to know if a product or service was good; increasingly aware, they now need to know if your company is good.

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Companies are now listening to the crowd; that’s their own employees, their customers, and even the general public. In the past, companies depended on a small team to come up with something that would please the crowd; these days, many companies ask the crowd what they want instead of telling them what they want. Smart companies are tuning in to the frequency of the masses by crowdsourcing insight. Through intimate engagement, companies are discovering what customers want, and the best way to give it to them.

Web 2.0 together with ubiquitous broadband will be universally available, improving and encouraging engagement with society and the world. Everyone will be able to obtain information seamlessly at any place and at any time. Learning and working over networks will reinvent the concept of schools and offices. Likewise, web-based commercial transaction will surpass traditional methods. A better connected world will see the convergence of the virtual world and the real world over the next decade.

As ICT has steadily advanced, text and images joined voice communication to enhance the way we interact with each other. Distance sharing has never been more vivid, enjoyable, and effective. Nevertheless, it gets better. With the ubiquity of high-speed broadband and cloud services, video will no longer be limited to entertainment and media industries. Soon, we will depend on video for customer service, e-commerce, teleconferences, product demonstrations, and chatting with family and friends. In the near future, enjoying HD video will be easier than placing a phone call today.

The consumer information platform is becoming increasingly mobile. PCs are giving way to mobile devices, which meet the needs of users anytime anywhere. Wide usage of mobile intelligence, business cloud computing applications and high speed broadband services is redirecting the focus of ICT from networking to more user-centric applications. Today, the smartphone industry is a rapidly growing market. Extensive support from service providers will make smart phone the popular choice, driving sustainable growth for the mobile broadband industry.

LTE is taking over. Mobile broadband will soon be ubiquitous and standardized around the world. We are building infrastructure that can support unthinkable amounts of data and support tens of millions of enterprise applications and hundreds of millions of individual applications. Wherever they are, consumers will stream HD video at 10Gbits/s. In other words, several full-length movies could be downloaded in less than a second. Smarter devices and applications designed for speeds 100 times faster than yesterday’s 4G will deliver truly inspiring experiences with zero wait time.

The broadband industry is developing at amazing speed in an effort to bring broadband access to all. By 2025, almost everyone will carry a smart device and use the internet. More than 100 billion devices around the world will be connected. The rapid advance of the ICT industry will hasten the development of new industries, such as distance education, telemedicine, smart grid, smart transportation, and smart homes. In the next decade, our lives and work will change fundamentally, as ICT becomes profoundly integrated with business, government, and people worldwide.

Cloud computing is driving the restructuring of industry, making traditional business models obsolete; digitalization and cloud services are a requisite of the information era. Cloud service is a classic paradigm shift for business and everyone else in a connected world. Each enterprise can leverage the cloud in different ways, but they all enjoy user and data operation at a higher level. Business transformation driven by cloud is a real game-changer; in every field, enterprises that take the most advantage of cloud services come out on top.

Mankind finally achieved a population of one billion in the 1800’s. These days, the world’s population is growing at a rate of one billion every twelve years. We now have 7.2 billion people and more than 25% of them are below 18 years of age. Driven by their love of technology, young people will help define the future of mankind. Young people crave the opportunities that go hand in hand with ubiquitous connection; as the most tech-savvy of us all, they will increasingly determine the direction of development.