What can we expect from MWC 2019

The biggest digital and mobile global tradeshow is just weeks away. The focus of this year’s event, entitled “Intelligent connectivity”, will be 5G, IoT, AI, with numerous exciting new devices and software that will be presented

Connectivity 

One of the key topics of the event will be connectivity, as numerous industry experts will gather to discuss the 5G potential, its speed and flexibility that will allow greater performance with higher reliability. However, there will be numerous challenges such as implementation, business models, spectrum and regulation, and differences between local markets. 

The latest GSMA Mobile Economy Europe report brings some interesting numbers regarding the 4G and 5G adoption: in 2017 there were 465 million unique mobile subscribers in Europe, equivalent to 85% of the population, with the ongoing migration to 4G. However, 4G adoption will peak in 2023 before declining as consumers upgrade to the next generation of wireless broadband, 5G. In fact, by the middle of the next decade, there will be 203 million 5G connections in Europe, representing 29% of total connections.  

 

Another interesting topic will be the Internet of Things, with a series of seminars, exhibitions and technology showcases, that will allow visitors to discover the latest innovations and commercial opportunities of Mobile IoT, Drones, IoT Capability and IoT Security. 

Some of the events promoting IoT will be The Mobile IoT ExperienceIoT Seminar: The Internet of the Skies – Connecting Drones and IoT Seminar: Beyond Connectivity – Operator IoT Capability. 

 

Devices 

When it comes to devices, some of the most anticipated smartphones Samsung Galaxy S10 will not be launched at MWC, but earlier, on 20 February 2019 in San Francisco, leaving an open question as to what Samsung will show off at MWC 2019 itself. It could be the new “infinity flex display” phone or even some non-phone devices, such as tablets or lap-tops. 

New Sony Xperia XZ4 is also rumored to be presented at MWC, and it is expected that the device will feature a Snapdragon 855 processor, a 21:9 aspect ratio and Sony’s first dual camera array in one of its own branded phones. Also, we might see a lower-cost Sony device, the Sony Xperia XA4, may make an appearance. 

The MWC 2019 will be the podium for the launch of Nokia 9 PureView phone and LG’s G8 ThinQ. 

 

The MWC Experiences 

This year’s edition will feature numerous events, programmers and initiatives, and we’ve selected some of the most interesting: 

Women4Tech Programme featuring in-depth analysis and valuable insights transforming industry success through gender diversity. In its 3rd year, Women4Tech will focus on the transformational value diversity brings to corporate culture, enhancing the performance of our organizations and improving the lives of the communities. 

4YFN Startup Event – supporting startups, investors and companies to connect and launch new business ventures together. Some of the key topics at 4YFN will be AI, Cybersecurity, Robotics, Fintech, UX, Culture, Futurism, Space, Fashion, Sports, Data, VR/XR, IoT, Humans, Fundraising, Open innovation, Travel, Experience Economy and much more. 

Next Gen Innovation – a program dedicated to university research, government agencies, forums and associations, and public and privately funded research institutes, with an objective is to identify, promote awareness and connect “like thinkers” to help accelerate these innovations. 

 

DigitalGO will be at MWC, in the Hall 8.1 Digital planet, promoting our new offering: Carrier payment integration, Web & Apps design and development, CPA campaigns and Digital customer care & Digital Teleselling. 

Come meet our team at our booth 8.1C21! See you in Barcellona. 

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