Light Reading
Meet the team of Light Reading editors and Heavy Reading analysts who will be out at MWC in full force.

Mobile World Congress: Our Key Players

Sarah Reedy
2/3/2014
50%
50%

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

(10)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
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. :)
rlaylin
50%
50%
rlaylin,
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: 

www.mobileworldcongress.com/mpowered-industries/

Regards,

Robin

GSMA Ltd
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
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?
rlaylin
50%
50%
rlaylin,
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
Ray@LR
50%
50%
Ray@LR,
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...
SarahReedy
100%
0%
SarahReedy,
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.
garethspence
50%
50%
garethspence,
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. 
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
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...
garethspence
50%
50%
garethspence,
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. 
SarahReedy
50%
50%
SarahReedy,
User Rank: Blogger
2/3/2014 | 10:42:59 AM
MWC topics
These lists are not exhaustive, of course, but are there any other topics that aren't on here that you think will be big themes of the show? Let us know!
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
More Blogs from Light Reedy
OTT chat app Kik has raised $38.3M in funding and acquired a GIF maker, showing operators there are other ways to monetize chat than ads and fees.
Join us Tuesday at 12:00 p.m. EST for a live chat with TM Forum's Rebecca Sendel and Rob Rich about how operators are approaching big data analytics for the growing Internet of Things.
With help from SevOne, the Canadian operator gained valuable visibility into its network. Now, it's tackling the challenge of internal silos.
After years of sitting on the sidelines, Microsoft has pledged to support WebRTC -- formerly thought of as a Skype competitor -- in Internet Explorer.
Despite the launch of its new Passport smartphone, BlackBerry needs to embrace a future that's in M2M, messaging and enterprise services.
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Custom TV
Razorsight Expert's Advice on Real-Time Analytics

11|27|14   |   1:43   |   (0) comments


Razorsight's powerful cloud-based Predictive Analytics solutions are used by the world's leading communications and media brands to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimize outcomes. Get expert advice.
LRTV Interviews
From 4G to 5G: Alcatel-Lucent's Dave Geary

11|25|14   |   09:09   |   (1) comment


Dave Geary, President of Wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, talks about the evolution of the 4G market, small cells, partnerships, 5G and the IoT.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building a Secure Telefonica Network With Huawei's High-End Firewall

11|24|14   |   4:37   |   (0) comments


Andrew Davies, IP architect of the Telefonica, a leading digital communications company, discusses the Huawei security gateway solution and putting the solution into the testbed.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Partners with Spirent to Verify CE12816's 10GE Port & TRILL Networking Capabilities

11|24|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


Spirent Communications is the world's leading supplier for telecom testing appliances and solutions. Spirent has been in a close partnership with Huawei for a long time.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Saudi Airlines & Its ICT Transformation

11|24|14   |   2:07   |   (0) comments


In this video, Saudi Airlines discusses its network problems and how Huawei's Agile Network is its all-in-one solution.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Agile Switch Benefiting Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital

11|24|14   |   2:40   |   (0) comments


Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital speaks about how Huawei's Agile Switch has improved the medical service's network infrastructure.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
FanPlay & Huawei Build a Wireless Agile Smart Stadium

11|24|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


FanPlay is a cloud-based white label service, which is effectively a football fan engagement platform underpinned by mobile payment technology.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Building an Agile Stadium

11|24|14   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Stadiums may be thousands of tons of concrete and steel, but they now need to be agile. Being at the stadium may not be as alluring as it once was. Sports franchises and stadium operators discuss how to get fans back.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Helps ChinaCache Tackle Challenges in the Internet Industry

11|24|14   |   3:09   |   (0) comments


ChinaCache is China's largest content distribution network supplier. Huawei's CE12800 has provided ChinaCache with very strong support in its establishment of an infrastructure network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Cefinity on Managed Security Services & Next-Generation Firewall

11|24|14   |   7:05   |   (0) comments


Cefinity is a cloud management service provider in Southeast Asia. Ivan Zhang, CEO of the company, discusses the implementation of security service management in the cloud era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Agile Gateway in the Eyes of Cefinity

11|24|14   |   2:11   |   (0) comments


Cefinity is a managed service provider for enterprise networks. The company currently uses Huawei's AR series routers for the most complete range of functions. CEO Ivan Zhang speaks about the advantages of the AR series routers.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
CTO of Bus-Online Talks About Huawei's Agile Gateway

11|24|14   |   2:53   |   (0) comments


Bus-Online covers around 100 million users everyday. In addition to providing mobile TV, and advertising services to the public, Bus-Online has also entered the field of mobile Internet.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Net Neutrality Even Mark Cuban Could Love
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 11/26/2014
Eurobites: Net Neutrality Battle Looms
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 11/27/2014
Why 5G Is a Different Beast
Robert Clark, 11/26/2014
New Juniper CEO Can Be Thankful for $14.5M
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 11/25/2014
Amazon Eyes Ad-Supported Video – NY Post
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 11/25/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed