It’s day 3 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona! With the sun shining, the show is well under way now and whilst most of the major launches have taken place already there is still lots of news to be had!
Deutsche Telekom’s CEO, Tomotheus Hottges, called for the harmonisation of data protection laws in his keynote yesterday. Noting that in Europe there are 200 operators, compared with four in the US and four in China, he called for a more supportive regulatory environment to help the telecoms industry evolve to meet changing consumer connectivity expectations.
BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen also made news by announcing two new smartphones borne from the company’s partnership with Foxconn. With a focus on the enterprise, Mr Chen also announced a new version of its BES 12 platform, an alliance with SAP and simplified pricing for corporate customers.
Speaking at the Global TD-LTE Summit, China Mobile’s CEO, Li Yue called for more cooperation amongst operators. Giving his backing to RCS he said he expected commercial RCS and VoLTE services later this year.
And continuing the theme of connectivity, European Commission vice president Neelie Kroes warned Europe that it faces being left behind once again unless it takes steps to speed up the development of 5G mobile technologies. Speaking at the show, Kroes said 5G would spur growth in the European technology industry but in order to truly flourish, cooperation was needed and not just between European governments and companies, but worldwide. However, almost in response to Kroes’ comments, the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) announced the launch of its 5G initiative. The first stage of the NGMN’s 5G initiative is to be driven by its 21 operator members. The alliance will initially define use cases for 5G networks. Once operators have specified their needs, they will start in 2015 defining the architectures that can implement and deliver them.
Looking to the rest of today and tomorrow, Mobile World Live will be showing IBM CEO, Ginny Rometty’s keynote. Make sure you don’t miss it! Enjoy and until tomorrow, hasta luego!