MWCLive 2014


The Fierce team attended this year's Mobile World Congress 2014 show at the Fira Gran in Barcelona, Spain, in full force. Phil Goldstein, Tammy Parker, Sue Marek, Michael Carroll and Mike Dano were on the ground, covering all the keynotes, press conferences and events at this year's show. Check out our MWC 2014 Scorecard:

Scorecard: Low-cost smartphones, '5G' and the evolving OTT landscape dominate 2014 MWC
Mobile World Congress continues to be the must-attend event of the year in the wireless industry. According to the GSMA, more than 85,000 visitors from 201 countries attended MWC this year, outstripping the 72,000 visitors who attended in 2013. In addition to the more than 80,000 attendees at the Fira Gran Via this year, more than 5,000 people participated in a range of partner programs at Fira Montjuïc. And what were some of the main themes of the show this year? Low-cost smartphones were on everyone's mind, which makes sense given the boom in smartphones expected in growth markets over the next few years. More

Low-cost smartphones drive the agenda, but high-end device launches persist
Last week at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, one of the watch words was "affordable smartphones." Nearly every company involved in device manufacturing was focused on this segment and many of the high-profile device announcements made at the show were trained at the low-end of the smartphone market. Nokia's embrace of Google's Android platform for its X family of phones was explicitly aimed at targeting the segment, though the phones may be too expensively priced right now to have a major impact. More

SDN/NFV take center stage as 5G debate begins
The cacophony of noise surrounding software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) hit new heights at the 2014 Mobile World Congress trade show. And it's no surprise that these technologies are generating interest as operators look to ease pressures on their margins by reducing their expenses while concurrently accomplishing more with their existing networks. More

OTT buzz overshadows network operator announcements
There were surprisingly few substantive announcements from the world's leading mobile network operators at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show, though many sought to portray themselves on the cutting edge of business strategy and network design. As a result, over-the-top service providers managed to largely dominate headlines from the event. More

In photos: The best and worst smartphones of MWC 2014
There was a surprising number of new phones announced at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show here, including the flagship Galaxy S5 from the world's largest handset maker and the Nokia X Android phone from a company about to be acquired by Windows Phone vendor Microsoft. FierceWireless has a rundown of all the major phone announcements from MWC 2014. Slideshow

Hilton: Internet of Things progresses at Mobile World Congress 2014

There were plenty of internet of things (IoT) products on display at the 2014 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain.

MWC 2014: 5G gets rolling, LTE put in focus and Lenovo rises

Michael Carroll Have you recovered from the Mobile World Congress yet? Even if you weren't one of the 85,000 people who attended the annual trade show in Barcelona in person, if you...

Scorecard: Low-cost smartphones, '5G' and the evolving OTT landscape dominate 2014 MWC

According to the GSMA, more than 85,000 visitors from 201 countries attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress trade show, outstripping the 72,000 visitors who attended in 2013. In addition to the 80,000 at the Fira Gran Via, more than 5,000 people participated in a range of partner programs at Fira Montjuïc.

Facebook: We're not building a wireless network

Facebook does not have any plans to build or operate its own wireless network, and is instead working with carriers and partners around the globe to connect more people to the mobile Internet, according to a Facebook executive.

Ubuntu chief Shuttleworth on how the smartphone OS will jump the 'app gap'

BARCELONA, Spain--It's no secret that smartphone operating systems success or failure depends upon the types of applications they can offer to users. Apple centered much of its initial iOS and iPhone advertising on the idea that "there's an app for that." And Android proponents often point to the fact that the total number of apps designed for Android is now on par with the total number of apps built for Apple's iOS.

Sprint, T-Mobile defend term 'HD Voice' from criticism that it's just marketing

BARCELONA, Spain--What wireless carriers have been marketing as "HD Voice" may not actually be truly high-definition voice quality, according to an executive heavily involved in the development of the industry's audio codecs. However, carriers that have been using the term HD Voice to describe enhanced call quality stand by their use of it, arguing it has been endorsed by the GSMA.

Jolla sees Sailfish transcending smartphones

BARCELONA, Spain- Jolla, the Finnish handset manufacturer, marked the start of shipments of its first smartphone with its biggest ever presence at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona this week.

In photos: The best and worst smartphones of MWC 2014

BARCELONA, Spain--There was a surprising number of new phones announced at this year's Mobile World Congress trade show here, including the flagship Galaxy S5 from the world's largest handset maker and the Nokia X Android phone from a company about to be acquired by Windows Phone vendor Microsoft. FierceWireless has a rundown of all the major phone announcements from MWC 2014. Slideshow

ZTE makes headway in Europe with E-Plus deals

BARCELONA, Spain- E-Plus revealed at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona that Chinese vendor ZTE is now handling the deployment and operation of its network, in an extension of existing dealings between the two companies.

Orange aims to meet mobile broadband demand in Africa

BARCELONA, Spain- Africa is poised for explosive subscriber growth, and mobile broadband services will play a significant part in Orange's operations in the market, said Marc Rennard, the France-based company's executive vice president for Africa, Middle East and Asia.