Kyrio’s 2018 Predictions: A Look at IoT Security, Remote-PHY, 5G and More

The end of the year is fast approaching and we’re counting down the days and hours till 2018.  As the trusted and secure source for everything networkable, we continue our commitment to deliver the best technology solutions the industry has to offer. The end of the year is a great time for us to reflect and turn our attention to 2018. Today our team leads are gazing into the crystal ball to give their predictions for 2018 as it relates to their line of businesses. Here are their bold and not so bold predictions:

Predictions from Jen Shelby, VP of Online Services

  • 2018 will be the year that omni platforms and omni devices will dominate the relationship between businesses and their customers: Having an integrated strategy will no longer be a “nice to have,” it will be a necessity. Kyrio’s next generation of services will reinforce this trend.
  • Online content will take on a more prominent role for B2C models: Consumers are doing the research before buying like never before. B2C models will be big losers if consumers are getting their information from someone or somewhere else.
  • B2C platforms will become more reliant on chatbots to sell add-on products after the initial purchase: Companies will find themselves spending less on digital and traditional marketing.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) will change the future of B2B relationships and how companies develop and deploy software: This is because customers can develop, run and manage a platform without the complexities of building and maintaining an infrastructure. We look forward to working with our customers to simplify the development process and time to market.

Predictions from Ron Ih, Director of Business Development, Security Services

  • In 2018, I envision a gradual daybreak in the seemingly endless darkness of IoT security: Through Kyrio, its partners and ecosystems, we hope to bring a better way to improve security for network-connected smart devices.
  • The Kyrio Security Services team will continue to drive towards closing the disconnect that exists between device makers and security infrastructure: We will do this by delivering solutions that provide enterprise-grade security that fits within the existing design flow and supply chain familiar to device manufacturers. It’s our resolution to implement better security for next year’s holiday gizmos!

Predictions from Wylie Nelson, VP of Wireless and Testing Services

  • In 2018, I predict that HFC-based operators will begin the journey of migrating to a distributed access architecture. This will set the stage to deliver more bandwidth to their customers in the up and down stream. Remote PHY and Remote MAC-PHY devices will lead the way with Full Duplex DOCSIS® spec following right behind. With the announcement of the Remote-PHY qualification program earlier this year, Kyrio is looking to help enable this transition by offering qualification and pre-testing services.
  • You’ll see more clarity in the software defined networking and network functionality space. As one of my colleagues put it, the proof-of-concept phase is complete, but with the staggering number of business models, operators, OSS and BSS systems, and ecosystem players, getting to the promise of a cohesive robust network with serious scalability and serviceability is going to take some more time. In 2018, you’ll start to see some of the pieces start to come together and illuminate what works and what doesn’t.
  • Wireless will shift into the era of 5G. This means we’ll be bombarded by advertisements from operators claiming they have 5G or they’re moving to 5G. Existing networks will speed up the rate of densification and behind the scenes those same operators will be scrambling to figure out how to utilize new spectrum like 3.5 GHz and apply new technologies, such as 802.11ax. I’m also going to make a not-so-bold prediction that industry consolidation continues, and we’ll see new combinations of legacy wireless and legacy wireline providers combining to offer a unique set of services.
  • I’m also predicting that the Cubs will win the 2019 World Series!

2018 will bring some serious awesomeness in technology across many fronts. Thanks for reading our predictions for 2018. We’re eager to check back and weigh in on how many of our predictions rang true. We’re all about connectivity and connections. If you’re looking to solve a tough problem, contact us today to learn about how we can help you reach your business goals.


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