Convergence: Very soon we will be able to access every type of service through every type of device and in turn the devices we use will undergo a change to accommodate this. *AFP photo
Convergence: Very soon we will be able to access every type of service through every type of device and in turn the devices we use will undergo a change to accommodate this. *AFP photo

If you think the pace of technology change has been fast, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Philip Micallef, chief executive of the Regulatory Authority, gave a speech at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess last Friday on the future of telecommunications.

He told the Bermuda Sun: “From a telecom perspective, I see things converging.”

He said companies are moving away from offering just one type of service “and we’re going to have content converging. We’re going to have fixed and mobile converging. We’re going towards that direction. 

“You are going to be able to access every type of service through every type of device whether its your iPhone, iPad, camera or whatever. 

“That is going to happen — maybe not immediately— but within the next couple of years. 

“There’s been massive changes over the last 10 years and there’s going to be even more over the next 10 years. 

He said applications like Google, Skype and Apple’s suite of products are making the technology landscape one that is rapidly shifting. 

TV change

“Television is going to be in for a big change. It is no longer going to be what the broadcaster is going to throw at you, but what you want to see, when you want to see it. 

“The devices are going to change. We used to have TVs, then we had TVs with boxes incorporated and Internet incorporated. You can do everything on a TV that you can do with your tablets. This is a major change.

“This is probably what people want. They go to their laptop for Internet and use another device for another function. 

“At the end of the day, people are going to want everything in one place for the convenience. We are also going to see more content being viewed via the Internet than via television or other conventional methods. 

“We are going to see higher Internet speeds, which is going to give rise to more applications and the downloading of applications.”

Cloud computing is going to be an important facet in the emerging technologies.

He said: “It creates some problems with regard to security because the more dispersed you are the more it’s going to be difficult. These are all challenges that have to be faced as technology progresses.

“Cloud computing presents an opportunity for Bermuda. We can try to attract companies. We already have one company, QuoVadis, which if I can compare it to anything, it’s like the Rolls Royce in its sector. But Bermuda can attract other companies who can set up here because we’re not too far away from the North American coast.”

He said the possible threat of the US National Security Agency snooping into people and companies’ e-mails and other data could see an increase of firms who want to be just out of reach of that.

“This could scare some companies away and this could be an opportunity for Bermuda to have good robust legislation, which doesn’t allow any abuse but also isn’t so stringent or rigid that could attract companies to come over here.”