BARCELONA, Spain--As I walk the floor of Mobile World Congress 2014, I've had numerous moments of déjà vu when listening to vendors and operators talk about their vision of 5G. You see, I've been covering the wireless industry as a journalist for a couple of decades (much longer than I'd like to admit). And during that time I've witnessed first-hand the evolution from analog to digital to 3G to 4G. With nearly 160 million LTE connections worldwide, 4G is rapidly maturing--and that's prompting many in the industry to begin the 5G debate. What is 5G? What services will be enabled with 5G? How fast will 5G data speeds be?
One of the major themes I'm hearing here at the Mobile World Congress trade show is that handset makers across the board are focusing on affordable smartphones.
BARCELONA, Spain--Wireless operators for years have been worrying about over-the-top service providers. Indeed, OTT services are the main reason that wireless carriers in the United States and elsewhere launched unlimited calling and texting pricing plans--they were a way to remove the leverage that services like iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger had over users. Why shift your communications to WhatsApp when your wireless carrier already offers unlimited calling and text messaging?
Managing traffic on today's wireless networks is a very complex process--one that requires operators to analyze traffic patterns despite their unpredictability.
LTE-Advanced is expected to be one of the key topics discussed at next week's Mobile World Congress 2014 trade show in Barcelona, Spain. I'll be focusing on the topic during the FierceWireless Executive Luncheon, "The Road to LTE Advanced," on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 12:45 p.m. to 2 p.m.
It's no secret that "Internet of Things" is generating an enormous amount of hype and buzz right now. It's also clearly driving a lot of activity across the wireless and technology sector.
Look for several non-traditional companies to make headlines at the upcoming Mobile World Congress convention in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 24-27. As we begin the countdown to this annual wireless confab, it's becoming clear that once again the gathering is drawing leaders from other industries like social media, computing and automotive, executives who are intent upon reaching the key players in the wireless industry.
On Feb. 21, Verizon Communications expects to close the world's biggest financial transaction in more than a decade: The $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam has said "One Verizon" will arise out of the combination of Verizon Communications and Verizon Wireless. But what exactly will One Verizon do that Verizon Wireless and Verizon Communications cannot?
The requests for meetings at the 2014 Mobile World Congress have been hitting my email box with a fury for the past two weeks. And although the annual conference in Barcelona does not begin until Feb. 24, I'm already able to predict a few big trends that I think we'll be hearing about.