MWC22: What the specialists assume will stand out

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Gird your loins. In its authentic time slot, beginning Monday, Cell World Congress is again, child. Now it is most likely not higher than ever, given we’re nonetheless within the grips of a worldwide pandemic, however it is going to actually really feel much more regular than June’s understandably damp squib.

Mild Studying watched from the sidelines in 2021, however we’ll be there this February, becoming a member of colleagues from our sister title and the great analysts of Omdia in Barcelona to deliver you the most recent.

With this in thoughts, Omdia has put collectively a complete little bit of pre-reading for the occasion. And since we love our readers, this is a spotlight reel to provide you a taster of what we’re wanting ahead to, straight from the analysts who watch the {industry} 12 months in and 12 months out.

Viral exchange: Also back for MWC22 is COVID-19. Make sure you have your FFP2 masks and vaccine passport.   (Source: Reuters/Alamy Stock Photo)

Viral trade: Additionally again for MWC22 is COVID-19. Ensure you have your FFP2 masks and vaccine passport.
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“It’s actually about sniffing out the lay of the land within the {industry} after three years of no MWCs,” stated Informa Tech VP Evan Kircheimer, one of many authors of the report’s introduction.

“Who’s having conversations with whom? The centrality of CSPs at MWC had been in decline pre-COVID, however has it now accelerated, and to what diploma? I believe essentially the most attention-grabbing and transformational conversations will probably be taking place between webscalers, various suppliers, deep {industry} specialists, integrators and tech startups.”

Omdia Analysis Director Dario Talmesio, who co-authored the report and contributed to the meat of it’s equally excited.

“Like most of us, I’m wanting ahead to catching up nose to nose with just about the whole ecosystem,” he stated.

“On-line occasions are nice, however solely in a face-to-face atmosphere can you could have unscripted, off-the-record conversations, so I’m wanting ahead to getting the actual factor. Speaking about getting actual, I’m wanting ahead to seeing extra of the “actual 5G,” which relies on 5GSA, that is slicing, and that is the cloud!”

Kircheimer and Talmesio say there will probably be some acquainted faces – and a few new additions.

Cloud was the massive story in 2021 – due in no small half to Danielle Royston’s Cloud Metropolis taking up the all of the sudden vacant Ericsson stand.

There could also be no repeat efficiency this 12 months (and no Bon Jovi) however cloud remains to be a giant story, with Huge Tech chewing on the heels of telcos across the globe.

Amazon’s cloud WAN and personal 5G providers are examples, and AWS, Microsoft and Google will all be there in drive.

That ever divisive phrase, function, can even be again, they are saying. Simply how a lot of that is inexperienced/woke washing on the a part of the telecoms {industry}, and the way a lot will translate to significant motion, is as at all times debatable.

In response to Kircheimer and Talmesio, there is a twist within the story.

“Though ‘cellular’ is the secret at MWC, look out for messaging about fiber, FWA, and different types of fastened entry, particularly forged within the mild of narrowing the digital divide,” they stated within the intro.

Edge is again within the operating, whereas IoT and personal networks are prone to function in most {industry} narratives, as they’re pushed for enterprise.

And 5G after all. This 12 months, it is doubtless that B2B 5G and personal networks would be the subsequent nice hope for some, as significant demand from enterprise lastly materializes.

Add to this high billing contenders open RAN and next-generation 5G core. Kircheimer and Talmesio additionally anticipate AI discussions to maneuver from CX to the community itself – from RAN to core community operate automation and orchestration.

It is a soiled phrase for some – and one thing not really that new for others. The metaverse goes to be a giant speaking level whether or not we prefer it or not, “in a spirit of speculative musing, reasonably than grounded actuality.”

This is your tl;dr:

Fibre and the digital divide

“Count on suppliers to trumpet how their 5G and fibre rollouts are closing the digital divide and unleashing the complete potential of web connectivity,” predicts Omdia Principal Analyst Peter Boyland.

“One of many key themes of MWC 2022 would be the improve in world web connectivity and the closing of the digital divide. As over three-quarters of persons are anticipated to be related by the tip of the last decade, the dialog is shifting on from haves/have nots to the standard of those connections,” he stated.

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He notes that service suppliers are investing closely within the subsequent era of cellular networks, with a wave of rollout bulletins anticipated at MWC 2022.

“On the coronary heart of this improved connectivity is fibre – a fibre community spine is important to cellular mobile connectivity, as are hybrid applied sciences resembling fastened wi-fi entry (FWA),” he stated.

The newer child on the block this 12 months is low earth orbit (LEO) satellites – anticipate to see some large bulletins on broadband service partnerships in 2022.

Corporations to look at: Huawei, Starlink, T-Cell

New working fashions – multiverticals

In response to Dario Talmesio, convention goers ought to look out for CSPs including flesh to their industry-specific providers methods.

“MWC is an occasion about networks. All the pieces on the present revolves round connectivity and the efficiency of networks to attach issues and folks,” he stated.

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“We are able to anticipate many of the present to proceed to be centred across the highly effective capabilities of 5G networks, the deployment of “actual 5G” (5GSA) and community slicing, community automation, extra standardized open networks, high quality of service (QoS), a glimpse into 6G, and even some collaboration/integration with satellite tv for pc.”

“MWC22 is prone to be extra about progress alternatives and investments, and fewer about price reducing and community efficiency.”

Corporations to look at: Orange, Telstra, Vodafone

The metaverse

Whereas firms are busy hyping the metaverse, the actual alternative is prone to be gaming. Omdia does not see it changing into the default methodology of going surfing a la William Gibson within the subsequent 5 years, not less than.

“Whereas the long run is being more and more staked out by tech giants, it’s a very good distance from fruition. A real metaverse requires immersive Web – enveloping the visual view, in 3D, and with largely limitless potentialities,” stated says Omdia Analysis Director Dom Tait.

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“Metaverse was doubtless the main tech buzzword of 2021 even earlier than the corporate previously often called Fb laid out grand plans for Meta’s future in late 2021. Microsoft, Nvidia, and even Disney share Mark Zuckerberg’s enthusiasm and ambition.”

“It may be confidently anticipated that MWC will probably be loaded with stalls promising metaverse-related developments, from the concrete to the considerably speculative. Even in additional normal phrases, the function of telcos in offering the metaverse’s gargantuan knowledge transmission wants would be the convention’s effervescent undercurrent.”

The large query, stated Tait, is who pays for it.

Corporations to look at: LuxPM, MARVRUS, Newsight Imaging, We/AR Studio

Telco cloud takes middle stage

Cloud is one in all six important themes at this 12 months’s MWC, with its personal devoted stream.

“The shift to cloud-native and service-based architectures means we can even hear extra from distributors about interoperability, automation, and integration capabilities,” stated analysis director Kris Szaniawski.

“Edge cloud – anticipate to listen to about preliminary deployments and trials, edge cloud use instances, and edge portfolio bulletins, together with from Google Cloud, in addition to contemporary cellular edge pairings between operators and cloud suppliers.”

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“Sustainability can even be a key pattern this 12 months, though the real advances will battle for consideration towards loads of greenwashing.”

Szaniawski additionally expects numerous SaaS bulletins, whereas the hype across the public cloud will probably be tempered by distributors emphasizing the hybrid and cloud agnostic capabilities of their choices.

Corporations to look at: AWS, Nokia, Rakuten

Telco AI

“Count on the AI dialog at MWC to shift from buyer expertise automation to AI within the community,” stated Josh Builta, Analysis Director at Omdia.

“Omdia’s AI Purposes Software program Market Forecast predicts that the worth generated by synthetic intelligence (AI) functions in telecoms will attain $8.7bn by 2027, growing by an element of eight from speedy pre-pandemic ranges.”

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“Buyer expertise automation has to date been the important thing sector representing as a lot as 78% of this complete… Nevertheless, the scenario has begun to vary. We anticipate AI suppliers at MWC to showcase how AI is shifting from an add-on function for CX functions to being a part of the core enterprise.”

Corporations to look at: ARM, NVIDIA, Qualcomm


“Main themes at MWC will embody virtualized, open, greener, and smarter RAN,” predicts Omdia Principal and Analysis Supervisor Remy Pascal.

“Extra highly effective and extra environment friendly 5G: the preliminary part of 5G deployment is nicely underway in most developed markets, and the {industry} is progressing into the second part. Distributors are introducing extra highly effective and extra environment friendly baseband and radio options, enhancements in MIMO, and beamforming.”

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Lastly, he stated, 6G will probably be current at MWC, however principally within the type of slide decks presenting stakeholders’ imaginative and prescient and outcomes from some early lab assessments of sub-THz/THz spectrum.

Corporations to look at: Nokia, Samsung, ZTE

Web of Issues (IoT)

The rising affect of 5G, synthetic intelligence, and hyperscalers goes to dominate conversations round IoT at MWC, says analysis director Josh Builta.

“A rising pattern in recent times has been the elevated exercise from nontraditional IoT gamers,” he stated.

(Source: Omdia)

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“Most notable is the rising involvement of hyperscalers within the IoT worth chain, together with in areas past their conventional attain resembling connectivity and digital twins…MWC presents a great venue for hyperscalers to focus on their expanded IoT initiatives, specifically round various connectivity choices, as they proceed to push into areas historically managed by CSPs.”

Corporations to look at: Ericsson, Unity, Vodafone focuses subsequent.


Different funds are shifting to the middle stage based on senior analyst Philip Benton.

“Monetary expertise (fintech) takes middle stage at MWC 2022 for the primary time after being on the periphery of discussions in recent times, with funds and crypto anticipated to function closely in conversations all through the occasion,” he stated.

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“The fintech and cellular industries proceed to converge and speed up the shift to cellular funds, with digital wallets being one of the frequent cost strategies globally, each on-line and in-store.”

Corporations to look at: Orange Financial institution, Block, STC Pay


It would not be MWC with out a roster of recent smartphones.

“One of the vital private client merchandise, the smartphone, will play a key function in delivering the promise of 5G to customers world wide. The smartphone is a essential software for a lot of to entry on-line providers, functions, and data – in lots of instances it’s the solely related gadget accessible,” stated principal analyst Gerrit Schneemann.

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“Whereas the supply of 5G-enabled smartphones is forward of community deployments in some markets, the groundwork is being achieved to transition customers to future providers and functions that may solely be accessible on the most recent community era.”

Corporations to look at: Mediatek, Realme, Xiaomi

All the pieces else

It is unattainable to cowl every thing within the report right here – to learn extra on the themes we have picked out, or in case your space of curiosity is future of labor, cybersecurity, non-public networks, video and extra, obtain the report and digest at your leisure.

This is Dario Talmesio with the final phrase.

“There may be at all times a visitor of honor or a theme of honor proudly owning the present and the dialog. We have needed to have the social networks – Fb – we have had the on-line content material suppliers – Netflix, and this 12 months we’ll have the cloud, Amazon.”

“It will be thrilling; by the tip of the present, one won’t distinguish the telecom world of telecom from the world of cloud and hyperscalers.”

Within the meantime, crack out the wise sneakers, pack the painkillers, slip your pockets into the within pocket of your coat, and plan, plan, plan. See you in Barcelona.

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— Fiona Graham, Editorial Director, Mild Studying


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