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Mobile World Congress: Our Key Players

Sarah Thomas

It's February, the snow won't let up, and thoughts of tapas, small cells, and the crowded streets of Las Ramblas are uppermost in my mind. It can only mean one thing -- it's almost time for Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Mobile World Congress is the year's biggest mobile service provider show, and, as always, the Light Reading and Heavy Reading teams will be there in full force.

If you're going to the show as well, we'd probably love to meet up, but before you pitch Ray on mobile games or Dan Jones on Ethernet, we thought it'd be useful to let you know what key topics we're interested in at the show. It's not an exhaustive list, but, much like the network operators, these coverage areas are our top priorities.

So here are our key players and what they're keen on. If you're a good fit, reach out! If not, no hard feelings. We hope to bump into you on the show floor -- or the bar -- either way.

Light Reading Editors

Ray Le Maistre, Editor in Chief

  • Covering: Service Provider IT (SPIT), focusing specifically on software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV); mobile network security; also vino and espresso (V&E)
  • See more here: MWC: Pinning Down Hot SPIT
  • Contact: lemaistre@lightreading.com

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

  • Covering: LTE, LTE-Advanced, small cells, weird photo opps
  • Contact: jones@lightreading.com

Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor

  • Covering: Carrier WiFi, voice-over LTE (VoLTE), M2M and next-gen services, food and wine
  • Contact: reedy@lightreading.com

Heavy Reading Analysts

Patrick Donegan, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: Mobile security, backhaul
  • Hosting a breakfast on "Creating Trust in the Mobile Network," on February 26. Find more details and register here.
  • Contact: donegan@heavyreading.com

Sarah Wallace, Analyst

  • Covering: BSS/OSS, Big Data/Analytics, customer/cross-channel experience, and the Collaborative Economy
  • Contact: wallace@heavyreading.com

Graham Finnie, Chief Analyst

  • Covering: policy management, RAN congestion control, NFV and SDN
  • Contact: finnie@heavyreading.com

Caroline Chappell, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: cloud management and orchestration technologies, both NFV and enterprise cloud related; cloud service enablement, virtualization technologies/SDN, next generation OSS for virtualized networks, customer experience management, and service delivery platforms
  • Contact: chappell@heavyreading.com

Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: virtualization and how it affects IMS, Diameter Signaling Controllers and SBCs, the impact of SDN on application delivery controllers, Diameter adoption, subscriber data management, identity management and analytics, SDN and NFV adoption, and managed services
  • Contact: hodges@heavyreading.com

Gabriel Brown, Senior Analyst

  • Covering: LTE-Advanced, mobile core network, NFV and SDN in mobile networks
  • Contact: brown@heavyreading.com

Check back to Light Reading all month for coverage leading up to and at the show. See you in Barcelona!

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas,
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2/5/2014 | 11:55:31 AM
Expanding coverage areas
Btw, if you've already earmarked this list, be sure to check back. Our coverage areas are expanding a bit as we flesh out what's going to be important at the show. I, for example, am taking on M2M now as well. 

And, turns out, Caroline covers much more than just cloudy things. :)
User Rank: Light Beer
2/5/2014 | 11:53:33 AM
Re: MWC topics
Hello Sarah,

More info about the Industry Verticals Conferences is here: 




Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
2/5/2014 | 10:55:44 AM
Re: MWC topics
Thanks for the heads up, Robin! Got a link for those wanting to learn more?
User Rank: Light Beer
2/4/2014 | 8:43:24 PM
Re: MWC topics
Sarah, please note that we have Industry Verticals conferences taking place at Fira Monjuic, our former location. Health, Marketing/Advertising, Broadcast Media, and Travel are the vertical deep dives for 2014 with more on deck for 2015.  Cross-channel content distribution, audience engagement and effetive services delivery will be common themes.  Great speaker line up. Contact our media team or me for more info.  See you there.  Robin
User Rank: Blogger
2/4/2014 | 12:54:51 PM
Re: Ready for the kick off
HI Gareth

I am not sure the mic tech has yet been invented to make an online radio show audible form the MWC show floor.... :-)

The live reportage thing, tho, is deffo something for the future. When we are ready to run wit it we'll give you a call...
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
2/3/2014 | 3:05:58 PM
Re: Ready for the kick off
I'm not sure about radio shows (although love that idea!), but definitely doing lots of videos -- interviews and vlogs -- as well as snapping pics.
User Rank: Lightning
2/3/2014 | 3:01:59 PM
Re: Ready for the kick off
Will you be hosting any of your radio shows live from the event? Would be great to have some discussions from the exhibition floor. 
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
2/3/2014 | 2:55:48 PM
Re: Ready for the kick off
If we're not experts now, we certainly will be after the show! I expect it to include a ton of great content along all of these themes. Hopefully some real operator progress on the small cells and VoLTE fronts too...
User Rank: Lightning
2/3/2014 | 2:49:36 PM
Ready for the kick off
Thanks for sharing. Looks like a strong line-up of subject matter experts. Can't wait to start reading the breaking stories. 
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas,
User Rank: Blogger
2/3/2014 | 10:42:59 AM
MWC topics
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