IoT, virtualization, and automation - oh, my!
The exhibition doors have closed on another edition of Mobile World Congress, and there was plenty to marvel at during the whirlwind four days in Barcelona.
This year’s event didn’t fail to impress as it provided a truly unique experience for attendees. As always, the latest and greatest technologies were on full display for the public to ogle over, from Nokia’s reboot of the old 3310, to Samsung’s new virtual reality gear.
Event-goers also had the opportunity to take in keynote speeches from prominent industry visionaries and leaders on how the future of mobile is being shaped. Netflix talked about its goal to make video buffering a thing of the past, and Google revealed its new virtual assistant for Android users.
MWC 2017 saw more than 2,300 companies participate in the exhibition, and 108,000 attendees flooded the Fira Gran Via to get a glimpse of what they had to offer, making this its largest and most successful show to date.
Now that event-goers have had the chance to kick off their walking shoes, let’s look back at the three themes that caught the attention of CENX during MWC.
NFV is here to stay
While MWC has typically been associated with the releases of the latest consumer products, many were focused on the technology facilitating communication. Throughout this year’s show, network innovation and the latest strategy behind virtualization were an area of interest.
It’s clear that the focus has moved towards operationalizing NFV as service providers have begun to deploy virtualization into their core services. In order to achieve this, operators must efficiently fulfill and assure services in a hybrid environment. As a result, automation will play a big role, especially as operators move towards the next phases of adoption.
Move to automation
The concept of automation was seen often at MWC, as it has become woven into the fabric of next-gen technology. Many service providers have come to the realization that SDN and NFV is more complex than anticipated, and in order to realize its full potential they need to transition from collecting data, to acting on it, and doing so automatically in real time. If networks want to become agile, constantly changing systems, then major changes need to be made to operations.
5G was a prominent topic of discussion during MWC, as nearly every vendor and service provider promoted use cases and demos. Big vendors such as Ericsson promoted their latest 5G campaigns and showcased their 5G radio development, signalling the technology is now much closer to reality.
The opportunities provided by new radio technology is significant as it increases bandwidth, lowers latency, and providers new possibilities for IoT applications. A real takeaway from this show is that the 5G picture is becoming clearer for operators.
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