Huawei recently released the results of its fifth Global Connectivity Index (GCI), which was broadened from 50 countries to 79 and concluded that AI could almost double the value of the global digital economy to $23 trillion by 2025 compared to $12.9 trillion last year when it accounted for 17 percent of global gross domestic product.
But as nations prep for digital economies driven by the advancements in artificial intelligence, the report also revealed a scarcity of AI developer talent worldwide. According to the GCI study, in order to deploy AI on a large scale, countries need to have three components in place: computing power, labeled data and algorithms. In order to overcome this threat, the study said that governments needed to rethink AI education for workforces by building a collaborative, open AI ecosystem that would attract and retain AI talent.
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Evolving technology allows Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to provide better services for customers, and many will compete for your business by offering better internet plans. While this can be to your advantage, especially if you’re struggling with your current service provider, switching to another ISP is not a simple matter. Here are five things to understand when considering a switch.
A reliable internet connection is essential in today’s world. If you’re ready to switch internet service providers, Simplified can help you choose one that’s right for your specific needs.
While about half of small businesses in the U.S. experience a cyber-attack, a whopping 87 percent of business owners think they’re not at risk. A data breach can be devastating; half of small businesses who experience one are shuttered within six months.
The good news is there are some easy things you can do to protect yourself from hackers who can not only steal money and customer data, but also employee details and vendor information.
It’s imperative to build a strong cyber security plan. By using data breach basics, you can help protect your business from cyber-attacks.
Contact a Simplified Agent today to learn how we can help protect your business
Although most often associated with Bitcoin, blockchain’s potential far exceeds digital currency to include a host of other industries, including telecommunications. The technology allows digital information to be distributed but not copied. Because a blockchain database isn’t stored in any single location, the records it keeps truly public and easily verifiable and therefore difficult for hackers to corrupt. This technology will be applicable to telcos networks in a variety of ways.
While blockchain is poised to disrupt typical business operations, unanswered questions about regulatory frameworks, security and privacy issues, and more still exist. Perhaps the biggest challenge of the new technology will be for telecom service providers to identify optimal entry points.
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One of business owners’ most dreaded projects is rebidding their telecom services and negotiating a new provider contract. Simplified has helped hundreds of clients navigate this often-complicated process, and recommends the following tips when negotiating a telecom contract:
Having contracts in place makes it easy for a carrier to count customers and ensure predictable revenue. But telecom contracts are to your advantage as well. They eliminate guess work when conducting service audits and help to verify that your accounts are being billed correctly.
Call your Simplified agent to find out more about how your business can benefit from telecom contract negotiation services.
Major corporate data breaches may make headlines, but small businesses actually suffer the majority of malware infections. In fact, recent data suggests small business owners should think in terms of “when,” not “if” when developing cyber security strategies. Consider these recent statistics:
No matter the size of your business or your field of expertise, cyber security will continue to grow in importance. Protect your business today.
Contact a Simplified Agent today to learn how we can help protect your business.
On Dec. 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, voted to repeal regulation passed in 2015 that prevented broadband companies from blocking or slowing access to websites or services. The move was met with opposition from consumers and tech companies, and now, individual states are responding with their own legislation in response.
What has happened since the regulation has been repealed?
To learn more about how the repeal of the law or the proposed bills may affect you and your business, contact a Simplified agent today.
5G technology, the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, is expected to launch across the world by 2020, bringing three types of innovation: greater speed to be able to move more data; lower latency to improve responsiveness; and the ability to connect many devices at once. While many are focused on what they will be able to do with faster smartphones – 5G is expected to provide average download speeds of 1GBps – others are looking toward the innovations 5G will make possible.
“5G will be the platform for invention,” says a PSB Research report commissioned by Qualcomm. The survey found that 91 percent of worldwide respondents expect 5G to generate “new products and services that have yet to be invented,” and 87 percent expect new industries to emerge.
It’s predicted that 5G technology will bring opportunity to many industries:
5G will also contribute to the Internet-of-Things through machine learning and artificial intelligence, and its evolution will be used with appliances, alarm systems, health monitors, parking meters and traffic signals as well as for ultra-fast wireless delivery of video and data files.
To learn more about how 5G will work with older generations of technology, contact a Simplified agent today.
Whether your company is B2B or B2C, 10 employees or 1,000, communication is an essential component to your success. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider your decision to choose a new business phone system.
There are three main types of systems:
Private Branch Exchange (PBX): these systems operate through phone lines, but because digital technology has almost completely replaced analog, PBX isn’t available to companies that don’t already have a system in place.
Internet Protocol Private Branch Exchange (IP-PBX): this system switches calls between Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP or IP) users on local lines, while allowing all users to share a certain number of external phone lines.
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP): VoIP connects calls via the internet through a browser on your computer. Because it’s a softphone, VoIP eliminates the need for traditional or SIP phones.
Each of these options provide pros and cons, which you can learn more about by downloading the Simplified guide to business phone systems here.
In 2017, LTE traffic rose to 54 percent of global outbound roaming traffic, surpassing non-LTE data, at 42 percent, for the first time. The milestone was announced in a recent study by Syniverse, a global transaction processor that connects approximately 1,300 mobile service providers, enterprises, ISPs and OTTs in nearly 200 countries and territories. According to the research, in 2017, LTE roaming volume grew 121 percent across six regions. In terms of concentration, the Americas represents 79 percent of the global LTE roaming volume.
“Our data points to the fact that while the rollout of LTE networks is advancing at a healthy rate, the mobile industry must accelerate its efforts to fully capture the 5G opportunity,” said John Wick, Senior Vice President at Syniverse. “Industry attention has been focused on the most innovative technologies of 5G. However, just as crucial for 5G adoption is integrating technologies like IPX to ensure global connectivity and security, which have been important pillars in the success of the mobile industry.”
The increase in LTE roaming has been supported by IPX infrastructure, and as LTE-5G coexistence scenarios are expected to be the norm, IPX will serve as the foundation for global 5G connectivity for billions of “things” via the Internet of Things.
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