3 Takeaways from MWC 2017

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Mar 9, 2017 12:15:52 PM

    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.

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    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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    Topics: Events, Mobile World Congress

    Wrap Up of CENX's Time at MWC 2016

    Posted by Matt Mariani on Mar 3, 2016 11:39:00 AM

    This year’s edition of Mobile World Congress (MWC) was as energetic and exciting as ever. Over the course of four days, the event saw a record breaking 101,000 attendees and more than 2,200 exhibitors descended onto the “Mobile World Capital”, Barcelona, Spain, to take part in the industry’s largest event. Once again, CENX had the opportunity of joining telecommunications vendors and service providers in the unparalleled experience of showcasing new and innovative technology to the world.

    At CENX, we believe our Exanova Service Intelligence software truly fosters MWC 2016’s mantra of “mobile is everything”, by assuring the quality of mobile data services! Our mission going into the event was simple: to show the industry we are trailblazers in delivering service providers with end-to-end data service assurance over existing physical and emerging virtualized hybrid networks. Those who stopped by our booth during the show got the chance to see a live demonstration of how CENX’s Exanova Service Intelligence’s real-time troubleshooting makes the difficult tasks of aggregating network data, collecting alarms, analyzing them, and presenting them in a easy-to-understand format, an easy automated process.

    CENX also had the privilege of collaborating with other industry leaders at MWC 2016. Prior to the event, we announced successful interoperability with Ixia, Mitel and VMware for our demonstration of comprehensive real-time assurance of mobile data services for virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC). We showcased that demo at VMware’s NFV Pavilion. Furthermore, our own Director of Business Development, Paul McCluskey, was invited to take part in the “Managing Operational Transformation for NFV” panel at VMware’s Theatre. CENX co-founder, Nan Chen, participated in NetScout System’s video taping discussing how virtualization helps enable IoT services, alongside Guillaume Le Mener, Business Development Director at NetScout. Nan also sat down with Cisco CTO, Dave Ward, and Ericsson VP of Technology, Mats Karlsson, at the tail-f panel “Model-driven Technology Vision”, where he elaborated on MEF’s move towards NETCONF and YANG for information modelling.

    In addition to the CENX representatives, there were a few A-list celebrities who also generated buzz by making an appearance at MWC. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, attended a panel discussion where he highlighted his company’s desire to continue to venture into the mobile industry, and Mercedes’ Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton was on stage promoting the new concept for a “connected” car. It is clear by such presentations that the market for reliable Internet of Things (IoT), dynamically scalable connectivity, and cloud services is increasing. As a result, there is a driving demand for service providers to expand differentiated service offerings, and leverage the agility, elasticity and cost-efficiency of NFV infrastructure (NFVI). 5G is still a ways in the future, but IoT is already placing demands on networks today. Our Exanova Service Intelligence solution, as seen in our demo, can certainly help service providers meet those market demands by providing rapid service assurance across hybrid networks.



    Topics: Mobile World Congress