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5G at Mobile World Congress

5G at Mobile World Congress

Sam Fenwick looks back at the highlights from this year’s Mobile World Congress, with a focus on 5G, both in terms of the technology and the challenges surrounding its deployment

Mobile World Congress (MWC) continues to be a monster of a show. With 108,000 visitors from 208 countries making the annual pilgrimage to Barcelona, and with more than 2,300 exhibitors, its scale can be somewhat daunting, especially given the colossal size of many stands (Huawei’s seemed to be the size of an aircraft hangar).

However, as readers of my piece on the retail sector last month may realise, many of the most interesting things to see at the show belong to small companies looking to make a name for themselves, making it well worth investigating the humbler and less glitzy stands.

None of the handsets and consumer devices being launched at the show were using 5G technology, but for those looking to the future talk of 5G was everywhere, partly due to a flurry of press releases announcing 5G products (or rather pre-5G products, given that the technical specifications have yet to be finalised) from the big network infrastructure vendors.

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