Mobile World Congress 2014 Round-Up

    Posted by Erica Watts on Mar 3, 2014 7:52:00 AM

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    Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014 has come to an end and the telecom world is still buzzing from a whirlwind week. After an action-packed four days at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, the CENX team would like to share their insights with you.

    Describe CENX’s presence at the event.

    • Engaging, active, energized!
    • We hosted service providers and partners, listened to their challenges and demonstrated our Service Orchestration solutions in our custom-built hospitality suite located in Hall 2.
    • The quality of customer meetings, engagement and committed follow-up were telling signs that our Service Orchestration solutions hit-the-mark with our customers’ and partners’ needs.

    What were the biggest trends at MWC?

    • Big Data, SDN and NFV.
    • Recognition that as bandwidth and volume scales, operational challenges need to be addressed.
    • Internet of Things, devices, and wearables all drive the continued explosion of bandwidth and requirements for application-aware networking
    • The need for service providers to be ‘agile.’

    What stood out at MWC?

    • This was the first time I noticed auto manufacturers at MWC (Ford and GM).
    • The increasing number of exhibitors that would traditionally not have been at these kinds of events (M2M, mobile apps…).

    What was your favorite part of MWC?

    • Demoing our product to service providers, partners, the media and analysts.
    • The excitement, engagement, collaboration and resonance that we experienced in our customers and partner meetings.
    • Great collaboration and engagement across the CENX team.

    Which booth was your favorite?

    • The Ericsson booth got the most votes from the CENX team: The Ericsson "city" was impressive. It's hard to ignore the sheer scale of the Ericsson hall which had 131 separate demo stands – amazing!


    What’s your main takeaway from MWC?

    • Continued acceleration in the pace of change from mobile networking - from devices to applications to networking technology.
    • Great fit between where we are and what matters to our customers and partners!
    • Continued increase in attendees – 85,000 this year (20% up on last year) which suggests people are hungry for information/help.
    • Resonance of our value exchange across all customers was very exciting.


    Do you have any tips for people attending MWC 2015?

    • Wear comfortable shoes.
    • Pack a “MWC Survival Kit”. Make sure this includes Tylenol, Halls and Kleenex.
    • Be sure to schedule time with CENX!

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    To learn more about CENX's presence at the event, watch the video "Ed Ogonek interview at MWC 2014".

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    This blog post includes contributions from CENX’s MWC attendees, including:

    • Ed Ogonek, President and CEO
    • Nan Chen, Executive Vice Chairman
    • Jay McMullan, Senior Vice-President, Worldwide Sales
    • Julian Welch, Vice-President, EMEA
    • Paul McCluskey, Director of Business Development
    • Robert Casey, Director of Product Management
    • Chris Purdy, CTO
    • Aneil Chopra, Senior Sales Engineer
    • Erica Watts, Marketing Manager

    Topics: Events