Poll: NFV/SDN, 5G & IoT to Dominate MWC

Sarah Thomas
3/1/2015
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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.)


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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.

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Joe Stanganelli
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3/2/2015 | 12:17:05 AM
No love for mesh?
Some attention to wireless mesh would be nice, considering how expensive XG is for IoT deployment.
sarahthomas1011
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3/1/2015 | 12:21:39 PM
Smartphones winning so far
Another 75 people have since taken this poll, which goes to show how much attention is on MWC this week.

It looks like day 1 of the show (really day 0) is all about smartphones as LG, HTC, Huawei and Samsung have all held pre-show launches. BlackBerry has a breakfast to share its smartphone roadmap as well tomorrow, but I expect there will be a lot more focus on infrastructure issues, like SDN and NFV after today, as you all have indicated in the poll.