BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress -- SDN and NFV, followed closely by the Internet of Things and 5G, are slated to be the biggest topics of discussion when the doors to the Fira officially open tomorrow for Mobile World Congress (although seasoned veterans know the show actually starts today, Sunday).
Nine hundred of you voted in our poll, asking, "What will be the hottest topic at Mobile World Congress 2015?" which is just 1% of the number of people who attend MWC, but is still a good sample size to get a feel for the show's biggest trends. SDN and NFV were the top choice, garnering 19% of the vote, followed by 5G at 16% and the IoT at 15%. (See MWC: Let the Madness Begin.)
Although not capturing as much buzz, VoLTE (9%), LTE-Unlicensed (8%), small cells (8%), network security (7%), analytics (5%) and C-RAN (3%) all got some votes as well. And, as is true with any trade show, some people are just in it for the food. Nearly 10% of respondents selected tapas as the hottest topic at the show, or maybe just in the city. (See Hola, MWC#15.)
Light Reading's team of ace reporters will find out if our readers' predictions come true this week and will report back on the progress made around SDN and NFV, if IoT demos trump those of the Consumer Electronics show, if any consensus is reached amongst the hype around 5G (expect some 4.5G and pre-5G in there too) and more. (See Is DT About to Blow Our SDN Socks Off?, CES Pics: Get Another Bite of the Gadget Cherry!, Huawei Promises 4.5G & LTE-M in 2016 and ZTE's Pre5G Offers a Path Across FDD Divide.)
In the meantime, feel free to spend the next few hours reading up on a few of the stories that have already come out of MWC in the week leading up to it, and be sure to check back here for the news, sites, sounds and smells from the show floor.
- Verizon Takes Radio Dot to Detroit, VoLTE Overseas
- China Issues LTE FDD Licenses
- Qualcomm Brings LTE-U to Small Cells
- Deutsche Telekom Outlines Its RCS Evolution
- Small Cells Enabling Location Services
- Artemis's pCell Network Coming Soon Via Dish
- T-Mobile Gets Small & Unlicensed With Nokia
- Taqua, Interop Bring VoWiFi to Rural SPs
- Telekom Austria Builds Multi-Vendor NFV 4G Core
— Sarah Thomas, , Editorial Operations Director, Light Reading