MWC 2015

Global small cell deployments pass 10 million – report

According to a report by the Small Cell Forum (SCF) the number of small cells shipped globally has passed 10 million. The operator-led industry association claimed this shows the increasing importance of small cells to telcos, and said deployments are set to accelerate over the next 12 months.

NXP says industry needs to ensure IoT is both simple and secure

Jeff Fonseca, the Regional Sales Director, Americas at chip vendor NXP has told the entire telecoms industry needs to focus on ensuring the IoT delivers real value to consumers. Talking at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Fonseca said that while IoT has become an industry buzzword, the security and user simplicity of connected devices should be of paramount importance.

Tecnotree CTO says operators need more agility in BSS environments

The CTO of Finnish business support systems specialist Tecnotree has said the traditional approach to BSS can hold operators back and solutions that work now might be unworkable in five years’ time. Talking to at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Timo Ahomäki said telcos need to focus their thinking on where their business is going and build a system around that vision.

Amdocs and Strex push SMS payments

SMS seems so last decade, but often the simplest technologies provide the easiest solutions. Amdocs has partnered with Norwegian SMS payments outfit Strex to promote this technology and see the rise of mobile wallets from the likes of Apple, Google and Samsung as complementary.

ZTE Wireline SVP says NFV, SDN will take off in 2015

Chinese kit vendor ZTE’s SVP of Wireline, Jane Chen has said she believes 2015 is the year when network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) will take off and become commercial reality.

WeDo unveils major diversification with RAID launch

Portuguese business assurance outfit WeDo explained its new RAID Enterprise Business Assurance software suite is the cornerstone of a major diversification in its business. Not only will the new products target business functions beyond its traditional areas, it is designed to help other verticals beyond telecoms too.

ZTE softens up with SDN, NFV and cloud demos at MWC 2015

Software-defined networking and network functions virtualization took centre stage for ZTE at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, with the vendor making multiple announcements at the show angled towards the emerging networking technologies.

Huawei looks ahead at MWC 2015 with 5G, green and cloud announcements

Consumer electronics and wearable tech aside, Chinese giant Huawei whipped up a relative storm in the networking world at Mobile World Congress this week by unveiling an array of new mobile broadband and networking services in Barcelona. At the centre of Huawei’s new offerings were 5G and cloud services designed to help operators better manage the explosion of big data.

MWC 2015 draws to a close, award winners announced

Mobile World Congress is pretty much done and dusted for 2015, after the marathon trade show drew in crowds of over 93,000 visitors in Barcelona this week. More than 2,000 companies exhibited at the show, showcasing an incredibly broad array of mobile tech, and illustrating how mobile is pervading into all corners of modern society. The GSMA claims this year’s show grew by nine percent on 2014’s event.

Samsung most talked about at MWC 2015, Apple second – report

A digital brand intelligence report has revealed the launch of the Galaxy S6 saw Samsung become the most talked about brand at Mobile World Congress. When considering social media discussions, reports, news coverage, mobile views and more, the Korean tech giant dominated coverage of this year’s show in Barcelona – according to digital marketing tech firm Amobee Brand Intelligence.

Mavenir CEO says 2015 will see VoLTE, RCS take off in US

Talking at the Mobile World Congress 2015, Pardeep Kohli, CEO of Mavenir, which is to be acquired by Mitel, said he believes both VoLTE and rich communications services (RCS) will take off in the US by the end of the year, claiming operators are keen to move on these quickly.

MYCOM OSI joins 5G Innovation Centre

The University of Surrey’s growing reputation and influence within the burgeoning field of 5G research received another boost at Mobile World Congress where MYCOM OSI, the service assurance solutions vendor, announced it has joined the University’s 5G Innovation Centre project.

SK Telecom CTO says the operator wants to be the front runner in 5G

Naturally 5G has been one of the most talked about topics of this year’s Mobile World Congress with numerous around the matter been made even before the event from companies including Nokia and Ericsson. While many operators in Europe continue with their LTE roll-outs, South Korea’s SK Telecom has recently shown a lot of push towards the next generation. CTO Alex Jinsung Choi told why the operator is already so keen on 5G.

AT&T says it is on track with SDN 2020 plan caught up with AT&T’s Chief Marketing Officer of Business Solutions, Steve McGaw, at Mobile World Congress 2015 to discuss the US operator’s biggest focus areas, particularly on the enterprise side. The telco said it is on track with its plan to transform the large majority of its network to software-defined by 2020.

Google’s floating cellular network and MVNO expected

Google’s SVP of Products, Sundar Pichai, confirmed in his speech at MWC that the OTT giant is in advanced testing of its floating cellular network, consisting of inflatable balloons and lightweight solar-powered planes. Projects “Loon” and “Titan”, respectively, are in the early phases of testing, but Pichai believes the two projects will provide a portable “mesh of floating cell towers”. He also confirmed the long-anticipated rumour that Google is looking to launch an MVNO in the US.

CSG launches Ascendon digital services platform

US business support solutions player CSG has unveiled its new digital services platform – Ascendon – that is designed to help any company looking to offer digital services to consumers.


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