Thursday, 20 July 2017

MWC 2015: cars and watches, wine and jamón

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Friday 06 March 15

5G networks, connected cars and wearable devices take centre stage in Barcelona; Facebook and Google make their presence felt.

Things were a little different at Mobile World Congress this year. One financial analyst, who was attending Congress for the first time, chose to spend the first night of the show in his hotel room, rather than hitting the town. His evening involved "wine, a keycard, and a large amount of butter," he confessed. I could tell you the real story, but what you're imagining is probably equally entertaining. This was to be no ordinary week in Barcelona, as further evidenced by Mark Zuckerberg's keynote address on Monday. The Facebook founder lauded the telco community for investing "tens of billions of dollars a year" in the networks that underpin his service. "The real companies that are driving this are the operators," rather than the likes of Facebook and Google, he said. That's an interesting comment from someone who previously gave the impression that he thought networks sprang up overnight…

Things were a little different at Mobile World Congress this year. One financial analyst, who was attending Congress for the first time, chose to spend the first night of the show in his hotel room, rather than hitting the town. His evening involved "wine, a keycard, and a large amount of butter," he confessed. I could tell you the real story, but what you're imagining is probably equally entertaining. This was to be no ordinary week in Barcelona, as further evidenced by Mark Zuckerberg's keynote address on Monday. The Facebook founder lauded the telco community for investing "tens of billions of dollars a year" in the networks that underpin his service. "The real companies that are driving this are the operators," rather than the likes of Facebook and Google, he said. That's an interesting comment from someone who previously gave the impression that he thought networks sprang up overnight…

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