The Fierce team is attending this year's Mobile World Congress 2015 show at the Fira Gran in Barcelona, Spain, in full force. Phil Goldstein, Sue Marek, Michael Carroll and Mike Dano are all on the ground, covering all the keynotes, press conferences and events at this year's show. Check out below for our ongoing coverage before, during and after the event. Also, don't forget to check out our sessions at the show on 5G and the Connected Home.
And to get ready for the show, check out our MWC preview:
--5G, net neutrality will be in the spotlight at MWC 2015
Regulatory issues typically don't dominate the headlines at Mobile World Congress. But this year will likely be the exception as all the industry will be closely monitoring the FCC's vote tomorrow on the controversial topic of net neutrality. The vote will occur just days ahead of the 2015 Mobile World Congress, which begins Monday in Barcelona, Spain.
--Samsung Galaxy S6 likely to dominate flurry of MWC device announcements
--Connected cars tipped to lead slew of IoT announcements at MWC
--As operators finish LTE buildouts, they're fine tuning with LAA, carrier aggregation and more
--Mallinson: Connecting people, enterprises and things at the Mobile World Congress
Nokia's CEO spoke out against a main tenet of the FCC's new net neutrality guidelines, arguing that wireless carriers should be allowed to provide faster connections to customers who wish to pay for them. CEO Rajeev Suri also introduced the company's concept of the "programmable world," a new marketing term Nokia appears poised to use in the coming months to set itself apart from the competition.
Mozilla is teaming with major operators like Verizon Wireless to bring Firefox OS devices to developed countries where it currently has very little traction. The first Firefox OS phones sold by Verizon will likely hit the U.S. market in 2016.
Huawei is hoping that the striking design of its new Android Wear-based smart watch, the Huawei Watch, will attract consumers ahead of Apple's April launch of its first wearable, the Apple Watch.
SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics are apparently making progress on their commitment to work together on 5G network technology research. The pair will jointly demonstrate 3D beamforming using millimeter-wave (mmW) frequency bands when the industry convenes at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, next week.
Newly out of stealth mode, XCellAir is launching its own ecosystem, a network comprised of vendors of Wi-Fi access points and LTE small cell, as well as self-organizing network (SON) suppliers, to accelerate the adoption of its network optimization solutions.
The Mobile World Congress trade show will be held March 2-5 in Barcelona, Spain. The event is the world's biggest gathering of executives in the mobile industry. Of course, Fierce will cover the event from all angles. And to prepare for the show, check out this special report on all the hot topics executives are expecting to learn about at the show.
Huawei hailed the success of its researchers in developing new air interfaces for 5G technology that it plans to demonstrate at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, but rival Ericsson is keeping it in check with a new 5G test bed
My favourite week in the mobile industry trade fair calendar is rapidly approaching. Yes, I am talking about Mobile World Congress in Barcelona--the show that has ballooned from a modest event in Cannes to a rather bloated celebration of anything that has the remotest connection to mobile or wireless technology (including smart toothbrushes with Bluetooth for optimal brushing!).
Armed with the knowledge that by 2020, mobile networks will need to serve 1,000 times the traffic served in 2010, Nokia Networks is rolling out the red carpet for a smorgasbord of network technologies designed to help operators meet the challenge.
Qatar-headquartered Ooredoo will give its first glimpse of the technology it will use to connect the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona.