MWC

Edge takes centre stage at MWC 2019

For all the hype and buzz which was generated ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019, the edge stole some of the attention away from 5G.

Nokia plugs AI to get MWC ball rolling

Nokia has announced the launch of its network of Cognitive Collaboration Hubs which will aim to bring telcos and enterprise into its realm to work on a series of AI usecases.

LG launches a smartwatch that looks like a regular watch

Korean CE giant LG decided to preview one of its big MWC launches a full two weeks ahead of the even, in the form of the LG Watch Urbane – a smartphone apparently designed to look as much like a regular watch as possible.

SK Telecom platform knows what subscribers are doing

South Korean operator SK Telecom has launched a platform that it says will provide real time information on what its customers are doing. The Context Platform uses data collected by a customer’s smartphone, if it is embedded with the platform, via its camera, GPS, sensors and wifi to discover contextual information about that subscriber.

Deutsche Telekom pilots Smart City project in Pisa

Operator group Deutsche Telekom has announced a Smart City pilot project in the Italian city of Pisa. The project sees the operator integrating a number of parking spaces in Piazza Carrara, in the city centre, within a sensor-based parking management system.

Everyone who’s anyone is doing SDN

Software Defined Networks (SDN) for telecom networks are the next big thing and MWC was not short of announcements and new marketing campaigns from big vendors. It comes at the right time too, when LTE and data awareness now require greater network flexibility, scalability and cost performance. The difference with earlier technologies is that IT vendors are now entering the telecoms market since SDN (or virtualization) is a concept widely used in the IT market.

Huawei launches products at MWC

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei made a host of new product announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. The firm launched a SingleEPC solution, which it said enables a smooth evolution to cloud-based telecom networks.

LTE to repair customer loyalty disconnect

There is a significant disconnect between what drives loyalty among mobile consumers and what mobile operators believe drives loyalty as well as churn. Research released at MWC this week suggests that consumers in general will focus on a single aspect of their mobile service – such as device, tariff, or coverage – whereas operators tend to believe that a collection of issues drive positives and negatives in churn and loyalty.

Firefox mobile OS draws significant operator backing

The chief executives of Telecom Italia, Telenor, Telefónica, America Movil and Deutsche Telekom were all on hand at a Mozilla press conference on Sunday evening in Barcelona to voice their enthusiasm for the Firefox browser developer’s new HTML5-based smartphone OS.

MWC 2012: “Handset software is a commodity”

MWC 2012 provided further evidence of an escalating war between operators and device manufacturers, according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media. Apart from those launched by Nokia, there was only one device unveiled that ran on the Microsoft Windows Phone platform, which was one of the many launched by ZTE. Meanwhile, one of the announcements that caused waves in the industry was Telefónica’s news that it has teamed up with Firefox browser-maker Mozilla to create a new mobile platform, B2K.

Orange threatens to pull out of emerging markets

Orange has threatened to pull out of the emerging markets it operates in unless it can become a market leader in those countries. Marc Rennard, Orange’s executive VP for Africa, Middle East and Asia, said that Orange is looking to increase revenues from its emerging markets to €7bn by 2015, compared with €3.4bn today.

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