This year’s Mobile World Congress began with a challenge and opportunity for operators to push the boundaries of today’s mobile ecosystem and help drive the future of the digital economy through innovation. A focus on 5G permeated the event every day, from keynotes and presentations, to demos and announcements, all the way down to the exhibit floor. The internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, connected cars, new devices, and blockchain were also highlighted throughout the week. Keep reading for some of the highlights we captured from this year’s Mobile World Congress.
- Mobile World Congress 2018 kicked off with an opening keynote on “Creating a Better Service Provider,” featuring executives from some of the world’s leading operators sharing their perspectives on how telecom providers can drive the digital economy through their reach and impact in the mobile ecosystem. These speakers covered technologies they expect to shape future innovations, including 5G, intelligent connectivity, virtual reality (VR), video, and IoT.
- Ericsson released a new study on 5G entitled “Unlocking 5G’s Revenue Potential: A Roadmap For Operators.” The report provides an outline for how operators can unlock the potential of 5G-enabled industry digitization pivotal to IoT.
- Huawei announced the first commercial 5G chipset, while Qualcomm simulated 5G tests to demonstrate the real-world speed possibilities of 5G.
- Cisco demonstrated a collaborative Cisco NSO and Red Hat Ansible Automation solution in our booth this year. Cisco also announced its “5G Now” portfolio covering core elements needed by carriers to go live with 5G.
- Mobile software company Cubic Telecom announced that it has technically enabled more than one million cars since its software platform launched.
- On day two of Mobile World Congress, Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst took the stage as a keynote speaker, sharing how digital transformation is accelerating change and innovation at a pace faster than ever. He shared Red Hat’s own digital transformation story, explaining how open source is helping drive innovation in in the telecommunications industry as service providers navigate their own digital transformations. You can read more about Jim’s keynote in his blog post.
- If day one didn’t have enough 5G, day two brought even more with India highlighting 5G-readiness, Samsung announcing FCC approval of its end-to-end commercial 5G fixed-wireless solution, Intel announcing a partnership with NTT Docomo to deliver 5G for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and news of the First 5G Core Spec set to arrive in June.
- Deutsche Telekom showcased air-to-ground high speed broadband technology by conducting a live video call using European Aviation Network technology with a Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who was flying at 35,000 feet.
- The regulatory landscape was a highlight of discussions as well, with Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman, on site.
- The final day at Mobile World Congress was focused on technology innovation and next-generation communications. There were plenty of connected car demos, including a proof of concept from Amazon’s AWS Greengrass team working with Vodafone and Saguna built around the emerging concept of multi-access edge computing, or MEC, and one from SAP that showcased the SAP Vehicle Network, Concur and Tantalum demonstrating exciting new in-car services, from parking reservations to cashless transactions. Intel again showcased its multi-vendor 5G-connected car trial with Toyota, (first shown in 2017) of over-the-air 5G connection in action, streaming 4K UHD video.
- Remember day two’s air-to-ground communications at 35,000 feet? Taking that concept out of this world (literally), Nokia and Vodafone announced they are partnering to bring LTE connectivity to the moon.
- T-Mobile announced 5G for 30 cities, and British universities said they’ll debut end-to-end 5G networks.
- SK Telecom demoed 5G social VR.
- In IoT news, Jio and Samsung announced they’re partnering to deploy a cellular IoT network in India.
As you can see, there was plenty of innovation on display throughout the week. Let us know what you found most exciting below in the comments field.