Mobile World Congress - Why This Year Mattered

Sponsored by: GlobalData

Focused on:

  • Mobile World Congress
  • 5g
  • Lte
  • Iot
  • Mobility

Date: 9 March


Time: 2PM London/9AM New York

The themes, trends, innovations and strategies that made MWC 2017 different

Despite an expansion into China and North America, the spring edition of GSMA's Mobile World Congress (MWC) remains one technology event not to be ignored; every corner of the industry shows up in Barcelona to learn about, discuss, debate, and chart the future of mobility. And yet, the show is often predictable. Going into it, key themes are known. Despite a flurry of product and service launches, there are few surprises. The same holds for most keynotes.

The 2017 edition looks to break this predictability.

While there are some knowns - EG, the dominance of 5G and IoT as strategic topics - there are more unknowns.
- How will carriers market 5G? Will it include LTE evolutions?
- IoT and 5G promise to bridge telecom and enterprise verticals. Will we see momentum?
- As the political winds of change shift, will net neutrality, privacy and user data be front and center?
- What's the one event everyone will come away from MWC talking about?

Join us as Global Data discusses the high points, low points, and everything in between from Mobile World Congress 2017. With every analytical team represented, we will share what resonated and what didn't. More importantly, we will explain why MWC 2017 was significantly different from previous years.

Whether you made it to Spain for the show and need a broader view of its significance or just want an in-depth view from the ground, you'll come away with a better understanding of MWC 2017 and how the trends revealed will impact you and your customers.

Presented by

Peter Jarich,

Chief Analyst

Peter is Chief Analyst for the GlobalData Consumer and Infrastructure services.

Peter and his analyst team monitor and evaluate activities in the markets for Consumer Services and Devices, Digital Media, Fixed Access, IP Services, Mobile Access, and Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Telecom Vendor Services, and overall coverage of the Mobile Ecosystem. Additionally, Peter reports on developments impacting mobile infrastructure and mobile networking: 2G, 3G and 4G RAN and packet core along with mobile TV, metro-scale WiFi operator monetization strategies.

He brings more than 10 years of experience to clients as a technology consultant and marketing professional.

Emma Mohr-McClune,

Service Director, Global Consumer Group

Emma leads the GlobalData Consumer Group team and research coverage. The team’s remit spans the evolution of fixed, wireless, bundled and digital services, together with the development of the carrier services ecosystem, platforms and connected devices markets.

Additionally, Emma reports on the evolution in IP communications and connectivity services.

John Byrne,

Global Telecom Technology & Software

John is Service Director for the GlobalData Global Telecom Technology & Software service.

John and his analyst team monitor and evaluate activities in the markets for Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband/Multiplay Infrastructure, IP Services Infrastructure, Transport and Routing Infrastructure, Optical Infrastructure, Telecom Vendor Services, and the Service Enablement Ecosystem.

He has more than 15 years of experience as a technology analyst with considerable experience identifying new market trends and business opportunities, and assisting clients on market positioning and product/strategy development.

Joel Stradling,

Research Director - Business Network & IT Services

As Research Director for the Business Network and IT Services module at GlobalData, Joel manages a global team of highly regarded industry analysts that provide competitive insights.

Joel has been with GlobalData for sixteen years and has 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry. As a Research Director for the Business Network and IT Services, Joel and team his cover global and European providers of enterprise voice and data network services, as well as the international wholesale carrier-to-carrier services market. Additionally, Joel covers global WAN solutions, including SD-WAN and virtual network functions, and wholesale carrier IP Exchange.

Joel is a well known and highly regarded speaker at major conferences, and is read and regularly quoted by telecom industry media.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Learn what made Mobile World Congress 2017 significant – more than previous years
  • Gain insights into the news that mattered and why
  • Understand competitor messaging. Was it successful? Why?
  • Build a view into the technologies and trends that will shape mobility through the rest of the year


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