It isn’t all over until the fat lady sings, of course
Although the Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona isn’t officially over until the end of the day [February 27th 2014], a rather cheeky Frédéric Pujol, director of the telecom business unit at IDATE has already sent GoMo News his highlights of the show. He’s picked some very obvious soft targets such as wearable technologies. However, Pujol does mention 5G as well which has been somewhat drowned out amongst the other announcements. DATE itself has, of course, just recently published updates on the subjects of LTE and M2M.
“We need to mention that 5G is already on our doorstep. It is the central focus of the work being done by a number of R&D labs, and Huawei has just announced that it had exceeded 100 Gbit/s in trials in Barcelona,” Pujol observes.
He continues, ” 4G (LTE and LTE Advanced) is of course the centre of attraction at the MWC – with services that deliver speeds of 300 Mbit/s soon to be commercially available thanks to carrier aggregation.”
A sense of déjà vue hits GoMo News at this point because every time a new generation of mobile networking technology is announced, the figures never bear any resemblance to the eventual reality.
But in this case as GoMo News covered it here, the actual speed claimed by Vodafone & Huawei was 500 Mbit/s not 300 Mbit/s. But no-one is ever going to see anything like that from 5G anyway.
He highlights as a MWC a “key innovation” an agreement between Ericsson and Philips for integrating small cells into street lighting.
That’s the first time Ericsson has got a MWC mention from us here at GoMo News.
Pujol adds, “On mobile network infrastructure, the shift to software-based solutions is gaining ground, with SDN (Software Defined Networks) showing up in operators’ roadmaps and the promises of NFV (Network Function Virtualisation).”
“Functions will migrate to the cloud, starting with the network core (EPC) and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem).”
Finally, Pujol sings off with wearable technology. “Smart bracelets have caught everybody’s eye this year, with models being unveiled by Sony, Samsung and Huawei.”
Sadly, if Apple had shown something then wearable really would have made the big headlines.