At this year's Mobile World Congress, the standout theme was 5G as the fifth generation of network technology inches ever closer towards becoming a reality. While this is to be expected at the world's premier mobile event, what was eye-catching were the ambitious plans announced by carriers and the multitude of connected devices and services surrounding the best 5G has to offer.
Intel, for example, showcased their cutting-edge 5G products and services with the likes of their connected car and smart cities simulations. These concepts featured how devices such as cars, street lights, and base stations, powered by high-capacity, low-latency connectivity, can communicate with each other to transform the way we live. For instance, with high-performance computing available in vehicles, they can autonomously warn each other to avoid collisions and understand traffic patterns to make our roads less congested. Intel also shared their new Bosch Air Quality Micro Climate Monitoring System (MCMS), which can be used to reduce urban power consumption and improve air quality within cities, and their CityIQ solution, in conjunction with General Electic, which collects valuable information about the city environment to improve quality of life for residents.
On the service provider front, Verizon revealed its plans to be the first carrier to offer both fixed and mobile 5G in the United States. Chris Schmidt, Verizon's executive director of device technology, proclaimed to the MWC masses that Verizon is set to launch a fixed 5G service in three to five cities later this year and that they will offer a mobile 5G service immediately thereafter. This is but another reminder of the rapid development taking place and that consumers can soon expect to have 5G technology in the palm of their hands.
After 5G, artificial intelligence was the hottest topic across the exhibition space. In less than 2 years, this technology has gone from being an abstract concept to something tangible that can help solve some of the biggest issues service providers currently face. Many carriers are now integrating AI into their operations in the hopes that it can help make their networks more efficient by using performance analytics to predict demand and reduce opex by automating processes and eliminating certain manual tasks.
Over the four days at Mobile World Congress, we delved into many topics around technologies transforming the mobile industry and if one thing has become abundantly clear it's this – service providers have their hands full. With this in mind, their short to mid-term strategies are more critical than ever and working with the right vendors will be key to their success.
At this year's event, CENX was on hand to showcase how our solution plays a critical role service assurance for the digital age and helps service providers optimize their networks. The advent of 5G introduces a new age of complexity and responsibility. With mission-critical services like driverless cars, smart cities and remote surgery on the horizon, having a reliable connection is a must – lives depend on it. CENX can help ensure seamless service delivery across complex technologies by providing operators with a real-time view of the network and services overlaid with key KPIs in a single interface. This, coupled with our closed-loop automation capabilities, allows service providers to rapidly identify and resolve issues in their network, launch new services quickly and make their operations more efficient.