VoLTE is here: Mavenir Systems


Ian Pattison, International CTO for Mavenir Systems, talks to at MWC 2014 about the rise of VoLTE and IMS-based IP networks.

Catalan bank offers m-payments via NFC stickers

la Caixa has launched a sticker-based contactless payment service for mobile devices

The home of the world’s largest telecoms event is aiming to stimulate the adoption of contactless mobile payments after Catalan bank la Caixa announced it will roll out a contactless payment system in Barcelona, based on TAP Visa stickers for mobile devices. The bank forecasts that 200,000 customers will be using the system by February, when the Mobile World Congress 2013 will be held.

Wyse: Putting cloud in the pocket


Cloud services was a topic on everyone’s lips at MWC 2012. Enterprise cloud service provider Wyse, which also manufactures thin client devices for the corporate environment, is now making a push into the mobile industry. With increasing numbers of personal devices being used to access enterprise data, enterprise mobility management is key, says Wyse’ Daniel Barreto. The firm’s Pocket Cloud solution addresses just this issue, he explains.

MWC 2012: “Handset software is a commodity”


MWC 2012 provided further evidence of an escalating war between operators and device manufacturers, according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media. Apart from those launched by Nokia, there was only one device unveiled that ran on the Microsoft Windows Phone platform, which was one of the many launched by ZTE. Meanwhile, one of the announcements that caused waves in the industry was Telefónica’s news that it has teamed up with Firefox browser-maker Mozilla to create a new mobile platform, B2K.

Orange threatens to pull out of emerging markets

Orange is considering its options in emerging markets

Orange has threatened to pull out of the emerging markets it operates in unless it can become a market leader in those countries. Marc Rennard, Orange’s executive VP for Africa, Middle East and Asia, said that Orange is looking to increase revenues from its emerging markets to €7bn by 2015, compared with €3.4bn today.

Telenor studying the importance of mHealth

Telenor told of its focus on mHealth at MWC 2012

Although mobile health is already a reality, many initiatives are struggling with scale. These is a key finding of a study looking at the potential reach and breadth of mobile health innovations in both developed and emerging markets. The survey, which was commissioned by Telenor Group and carried out by The Boston Consulting Group, analysed the impact that mHealth initiatives can have in 12 countries.

Ford explains connected cars future

Connected cars could be a huge market for operators

Automotive firm Ford’s executive chairman Bill Ford outlined a plan for connected cars to help avoid a potential future of crippling congestion at Mobile World Congress this week. Ford told delegates at the show that the number of cars on the world’s roads is forecast to grow from one billion now to up to four billion by 2050. And he proposed that one way of avoiding the potentially global problem of overcrowded roads is to create a global transportation network that utilises communication between vehicles, transport infrastructure and individual mobile devices.

Looking back at my first MWC


My first Mobile World Congress is almost over and it has been one that I won´t forget any time soon. It has been hectic, and on Day 1, I was wondering what I had let myself in for. Now though, I´m looking back at the week gone by, and it has been absolutely fantastic.

Google’s Eric Schmidt wants “an Android in every pocket”

Eric Schmidt wants to put a Android phone in your pocket. Though not personally and not for free

Google’s chairman Eric Schmidt has said that there will be an Android device in every pocket if the search and advertising company “gets it right”. Delivering a keynote speech at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona Schmidt said that this would be accomplished through significant cost reductions, as this year’s US$400 phone would be next year’s US$100 phone. The aim he said was a US$70 smartphone as this was an inflection point where a new market of opportunity arose.

Telefónica teams up with Mozilla to create open HTML 5 mobile platform

OWD is a new open standards HTML 5-based platform

Telefónica Digital has announced a new deal with Firefox browser-maker Mozilla on the first day of Mobile World Congress 2012. The two firms have collaborated to create a new mobile platform, which will see a host of HTML 5 based devices running on the open web entering the market.

My first MWC


I’m gearing up for my first-ever visit to the illustrious Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, and I’m wondering what my debut appearance at the event will have in store. Should I be excited to be reporting from one of the world’s largest and most reputable trade events in the calendar, or, as some have warned, will I find it long, exhausting and very tough-going?

NSN CEO outlines plans to stop industry “under-delivering on expectations”

Rajeev Suri, CEO at NSN

NSN CEO Rajeev Suri gave his assessment of NSN’s current position in the infrastructure market and labelled the market as one that “consistently over-promises and under-delivers”, while outlining plans to buck that trend at Mobile World Congress. Suri said that, despite the firm’s restructuring – which is seeing the firm trim some 17,000 staff from its workforce – those writing off the vendor’s chances in the market do so prematurely.

Ovum analysts on what to expect at MWC 2012

MWC 2012 set to begin on Monday

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 set to kick off in Barcelona on Monday, analyst firm Ovum has collated the views of some of its analysts to reveal what they expect to see at this year’s event. The progress made by operators in responding to the increase in mobile data traffic will be interesting to note at this year’s event, according to Steven Hartley, analyst for telco strategy. He said that operators are beginning to set aside old assumptions, prejudices, and ways of doing business.

Informa’s top 10 picks for this year’s MWC


Ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, here are the top ten hot topics to look out for according to analysts at Informa Telecoms & Media.

NSN claims it can “double data speeds” at cell edge

NSN  and Qualcomm to demonstrate HSPA+ Multiflow at MWC

Operators will soon be able double mobile broadband speeds for consumers at the edge of a base station cell, by allowing devices to connect with a second base station that serves a neighbouring cell. Nokia Siemens Networks and Qualcomm will be jointly demonstrating the HSPA+ Multiflow feature at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

MWC debrief: Operator strategy

Mobile enterprise to deliver 25% of data revenues by 2014

Informa’s chief research officer, Mark Newman, and analyst Dario Talmesio discuss rich communications suite (RCS) capabilities and the slow development of the initiative as well as the G5 alliance and carrier billing.

MWC debrief: Verticals

KPN and Telefónica have struck a deal to support the delivery of services to multinational customers

Informa analyst Camille Mendler talks about the way operators are finally addressing the enterprise market with a range of tailored options for vertical industries.

MWC debrief: M2M

Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile sign deal with M2M specialist Telit Wireless

Informa analyst Jamie Moss discusses the latest developments in the M2M space – a clear focus point among the operators this year.

On the LTE bus with Hossein Moiin, CTO, NSN

Hossein Moiin, CTO of Nokia Siemens Networks

During the final day of my trip to Barcelona for MWC, I was treated to a bus ride. Not just any bus ride though. This was a bus loaded with tech kit, hooked up to a couple of prototype dongles and connected to the FDD and TDD flavours of LTE radio. The reason was a field demonstration of LTE’s capabilities, set up by Nokia Siemens Networks, Huawei, Vodafone and China Mobile.

MWC: Same old song

Around 200 million people play games every month on Facebook and the social network is moving to create a more simplified experience for people purchase virtual goods with the single currency

Service providers are still seeking hard cash at the Fira, but no one’s got the hard answers…