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Frost & Sullivan's Key Takeaways from the 2016 Mobile World Congress
Complimentary Frost & Sullivan Analyst Briefing shares a 360-degree view of highlights from the global telecommunications event of the year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --


Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. EST


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Frost & Sullivan Emerging Telecoms Director Ronald Gruia

This year's Mobile World Congress (MWC), held February 22-25, 2016, drew close to 100,000 attendees, eclipsing the prior record of 94,000 visitors reached last year.  In the 11th edition of the show in Barcelona, over 2,000 exhibitors showcased products in a wide gamut of areas including the fifth generation of cellular networking technologies, emerging architectures such as SDN (Software Defined Networking), NFV (Network Function Virtualization), Internet of Things (IoT) applications, mobile endpoints (smartphones, tablets and wearables), as well as VR (Virtual Reality) headsets.

MWC 2016 Key Themes:

  • The next generation of wireless networks (4.5G and 5G)
  • The further development of SDN and NFV architectures, helping mobile operators
    • achieve a higher agility by reducing their TTM (Time-To-Market) in introducing new services
    • lowering wireless carrier overall cost structures
  • IoT slowly coming into fruition, with vendors collaborating on standards and demonstrating consumer and industrial use cases
  • New smartphones (from vendors such as Samsung, LGE, ZTE, Xiaomi and Sony) featuring new chips such as Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820.
  • Led by the GSMA, operators and Google struck a partnership to speed up the adoption of Rich Communication Services (RCS)

This webinar will offer a comprehensive look of these and other key issues, providing key takeaways from discussions held with wireless carriers, network equipment vendors and application developers from around the world.  The briefing will benefit telecom infrastructure providers, application developers, value-added services vendors, handset and chipset manufacturers, system integrators, and mobile operators.  

Supporting Quote:

"The existing macro networks will continue to be upgraded by increasing the number of antennas (via massive MIMO – Multiple Input Multiple Output) and other techniques such as beam forming," said Frost & Sullivan Emerging Telecoms Director Ronald Gruia. "5G gear will gradually evolve from 4G/LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) networks, and this backwards compatibility aligns with the financial reality of most wireless carriers today."

"SDN and NFV buzzwords have morphed into the all-encompassing 'cloud' label, as telecom equipment vendors seek to increase their presence beyond the carriers, into the data center and webscale arenas," added Gruia.


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