Jumping into 2023, we are facing another year of opportunities and challenges. As one of the most dynamic and biggest sectors of society, telecommunications is on the verge of new paradigm shifts and trends. With the previous year’s aggressive push for more connectivity, partnerships and digital services, let’s have a glimpse at what lies ahead — the good and the bad.

Read more: Telecom Industry Enters a New Year With Hopes and Challenges

Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, was hit with hefty fines at the start of the new year. A penalty of €390 million was assessed by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) for Meta’s breaching of EU personal data laws on its social media platforms. Moreover, a Canadian court of appeals will allow a class action suit to be brought by social media users accusing Facebook of age, gender and race discrimination in online advertisements.

Read more: Meta Advertising Faces Legal Repercussions for Data Breach, Discrimination

Extreme Networks, Inc., a leader in cloud networking, announced it has been named as a Leader by Gartner, Inc. for the fifth consecutive year in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Wired and Wireless Local Access Network (LAN) Infrastructure.

Read more: Extreme Networks Named Wired and Wireless LAN Infrastructure Leader for Fifth Consecutive Year

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), commissioned in April 2022 to assess the damages to the telecommunication infrastructure and resilience of the ICT ecosystem in Ukraine as a result of Russia's invasion in February of last year, has disclosed an estimate of $1.79 billion in investment needed to restore the country’s telecommunication sector.

Read more: ITU: US$1.79 Billion Needed to Restore Ukraine’s Telecom Sector to Pre-War State

In April 2019, South Korea launched a global-first 5G network, which has been adopted by KT Corporation. 5G networks have been delivered by at least 209 operators globally, spreading across 83 countries. 5G offers significantly improved performance over earlier network technologies such as 3G and 4G.

Read more: The Actual Position and Advancement of 5G Globally in 2022

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