This week's Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain, finds wireless industry players awash in acronyms and arcane jargon. Terms like 5G, the Internet of Things, SDN, NFV, and other next-generation technologies are being bandied about.
Samsung and LG are widely expected to fight over the spotlight the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, next week, with the introduction of new flagship smartphones. And predictably, the gadgets are already getting some unofficial attention.
As pointed out by Ovum chief research officer Mark Newman, "gone are the days when you could predict-- with a fair degree of confidence-- what the top two or three trends were going to be at Mobile World Congress."
The 5G frenzy is real and it signals the importance that vendors and operators are placing on being considered an early leader and visionary in 5G technology. Although we may still be two to four years (depending on which timeline you believe) from actual commercial service, there's a lot at stake for wireless companies because 5G represents such a dramatic change, not only in technology but also in business models.
I've been thinking a lot about Mobile World Congress 2016 lately. Just prior to Super Mobility Week, we completed our first Mobile World Congress planning session with a customer. And if people have already started planning for it, I suppose it only makes sense to put down some predictions for the Big Show. Six months out, the accuracy here may be limited, but it's not too early to start planning.
I left Las Vegas on Friday as CTIA's Super Mobility 2015 conference drew to a close with a sense of cautious optimism for the show. Although I still think it's a bit disjointed and could use some boosts of energy, in its second-annual incarnation the umbrella super conference was more focused and had much more buzz than it did during the first go-around in 2014.
Earlier this month I stopped by Mobile World Congress Shanghai with a few of my colleagues Ed Gubbins of Current Analysis and Malcolm Rogers of Pyramid Research). Was it as big as the GSMA's Barcelona event in the spring? No. Was the weather more reminiscent of a mid-summer New Orleans-- if someone had pumped in all of LA's smog? Yes. Was it still a solid investment of time? Definitely.
As expected, 5G was one of the major themes at last week's Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain.
There's a lot of talk about LTE-Licensed Assisted Access (LAA), or LTE-Unlicensed, but Alcatel-Lucent says there's no reason to wait for LTE-U. With the launch of its "Wireless Unified Networks," or WUN for short, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the vendor is blending the upload and download capabilities of Wi-Fi and cellular technologies to offer faster download and upload speeds and extended network range.
Don't just read about what the next wave of wireless technology will be, hear about it from the top tech experts in the world. Join me at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, for " The Path to 5G: Defining the Next-generation of Wireless Networks " luncheon panel that will be held on Tuesday, March 4, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m.