Of course all things mobile is the name of the game this week at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. Moving from announcements to unveilings and exploring the devices on display, there's quite a bit to take in. Although there are many exciting and noteworthy components and devices on display, there are important themes already percolating up as the ones likely to be central trends for 2013 and beyond.
IoT: Internet of (every)Thing
As we noted last week, GSMA's Connected City is a much anticipated exhibit that has pricked many people's interest. Beyond being an exciting demonstration of what a truly connected life might be like, it shows that the move from dream to reality is actually tangible.
The Connected City also demonstrates perhaps the most important theme coming out of MWC this year, the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT is not a new concept; what is new is the extent to which real progress has been made toward realizing this Machine-to-Machine (M2M) state. The Connected City is an IoT exhibit on a compelling scale.
IoT as industry growth driver
Supporting IoT is a wide spectrum of hardware equipment, devices and, of course, components. MWC provides an important stage to showcase the numerous solutions that will enable a fully realized IoT; for example IoT supporting solutions include, various baseband architectures, improved LTE, System on Chip (SoC) advances, flexible hardware platforms to propel and improve M2M connectivity, increased data transfer handling.
MWC is showcasing the solutions that will bring the next phase of connectivity and mobile computing power to users today. The development and realization of IoT for mobile communication is particularly important as the sector itself faces some slowdown in sales due to saturation in mature economies. Among the recent announcements at MWC are those from Huawei, Broadcom, Samsung, Ericsson, and Nokia, to name just a few. The exhibitors at MWC are demonstrating solutions that expand the reach of mobile by providing everything from broadband solutions for carriers to increasing the availability of affordable mobile devices to reach more global users.