The digitalization of voice was one of the first steps in network evolution and electronic media processing. As networks continue to evolve, and people’s use of them progresses, communication with video will become a mainstream activity for enterprises and consumers putting pressure on networks in terms of security, latency and computational power for media processing.
Where media processing will take place? Will devices take over the job of providing the power needed for media processing, as they are certainly capable of it? Will the telecom industry continue to deploy digital signalling processors running on dedicated platforms or can it shift to generic processers and standard hardware? And what will the business model be in the value chain of the future? These are some of the questions addressed by this Ericsson Review article.