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TMT Predictions 2022

What’s next for technology, media, and telecommunications?

Every year, Deloitte dives into the latest developments in technology, media and telecommunications. This year is no exception. We once again look around the corner to help you see what is coming, expect the unexpected and keep your business moving forward.

In last year's TMT Predictions report, we called COVID-19 a catalyst for the trends we were seeing in the TMT industry. Now, nearly two years in, we still can’t escape its impact. But we do expect that 2022 will be about far more than recovering from the pandemic.

It’s true that COVID-19 has accelerated many of the trends we highlight: the lockdown-driven lift in console gaming, churn due to greater competition among streaming video services, the decline in viewing share among traditional TV broadcasters, the increasing adoption of health and wellness technologies, and the growth in 5G and other advanced connectivity for both enterprises and households. 

But we also look at new and shining opportunities that are emerging regardless of the pandemic. In this latter category sit technologies like RISC-V, bringing the advantages of open source to chip architecture; quantum computing and its cousins, quantum communication and quantum sensing; addressable TV technology that can help expand television advertising’s reach; and nonfungible tokens (NFTs), which offer new avenues for monetizing sports and other media. In fact, sports NFTs started trading after March 2020, but already generate over a billion dollars in trades!

Some of this year’s predictions are cautionary. The tech industry has continued to make progress in women’s workforce representation, but sustaining this may take redoubled effort. Men and boys will likely continue to read fewer books than women and girls, with implications for academic achievement and social skills. And stricter AI regulations may be on the horizon, with the potential for restricting or even banning some AI applications.

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