Technology in 2013: Brave New World or Status Quo?

by Jeff Wiener on January 4, 2013

For its part 2012 was a year not of innovation, but of advancement; not of cutting edge creativity, but of continued development, and it looks like 2013 is shaping up to be much of the same. What I mean is that over the past year the stories here at TheTelecomblog were dominated not by new platforms or innovative products, but by the development of existing technologies.

To wit, Apple once again dominated the headlines over the year that was, but for tweaks to existing products. I don’t think any of us could really call the iPad Mini innovative or even creative, just expected. Simply put, while 2012 failed to usher in the predicted end of the world, it also failed to introduce us to any significantly new technologies.

So what will 2013 have to offer? Below I’m complied a number of disparate predictions, some my own, some gleaned from other sources, covering a wide range of tech and telecom topics. As usual, some of these predictions are based on my own ongoing observations regarding market trends, while some rely on insider research, and while others are simply based on industry rumours. But as I mentioned, it seems like 2013 is quickly shaping up to be a year of technology tweaks as well; a brave new world once again traded for advancing the status quo.

BYOD and the Cloud

Two of the ongoing stories of 2012, the BYOD movement and cloud technologies will both continue unabated this year, creating more security headaches and IT vulnerabilities along the way. While businesses are sure to face the inexorable reality that their corporate strategies need to change in the face of these two trends—and help provided by companies like Avaya—I would guess that both these issues will quickly become old news as they become the market norm.

Wearable Technology

While I would guess that we won’t see any wearable technology come to market in 2013, look for this year to be one of announcements of innovation, giving us hope that 2014 may actually be a year for true technological advancement. To that end, we are already hearing news of Google’s ongoing augmented reality eyewear project, and my guess is there will be much more to come over the next twelve months as wearable technology quickly becomes the next form factor in the mobile sector.

Wi-Fi meets LTE

Over the course of 2012 network providers quietly explored ways of combining existing Wi-Fi technology with burgeoning LTE wireless networks to help handle the exponentially increasing data load from mobile devices. While nothing came to fruition this past year, my guess is that 2013 will see this marriage consummated, as providers continue to look for ways to offload network users onto WiFi seamlessly and easily.


While some analysts predicted that 2012 would likely see the downfall of myopic Microsoft, the company generated huge consumer buzz with Windows 8 and its Surface tablet late in 2012, and if the Redmond company can ride that wave, look for 2013 to be huge for the PC giant.

Beyond these predictions, look for technology in 2013 to continue to advance the ‘connected everything’ lifestyle we’ve talked about at length here, as companies continue to create a seamless device agnostic user experience; that is where users are granted the same content and connectivity regardless of the device they happen to be using at the time.

I would like to say that 2013 is shaping up to be a brave new world, but my real guess is that it’ll actually be much of the same.

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