Just a few weeks ago, many of our PGi team members spent the week in Barcelona at the 2017 Mobile World Congress tradeshow. MWC is the hub for all things mobile, and this year’s MWC was not without a breathtaking display of new technology that will change our lives at home, at work and on the go. Let’s take a look at the 5 key takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2017.
The Future is 5G
While the ubiquitous use of 5G is a long way off — projected to be in widespread usage by 2019 or 2020 — a major takeaway from MWC is that 5G is coming, and smart businesses are already preparing for what’s ahead. The transition to 5G represents a massive step forwards in terms of speed, throughput, latency and ease of use for mobile devices. 5G is not without its challenges, though. The widespread dissemination of 5G will require massive investment, new infrastructure and new global standards that countries and regions around the globe will need to agree on.
The Internet of Things (IoT) Is on the Upswing
If you read PGi’s 2017 Future of Business Collaboration eBook, then you already know that the Internet of Things is poised to revolutionize how we work and how we live. IoT dominated the show floor at MWC, with automotive companies, in particular, demonstrating how connected cars will change our lives for the better. Just imagine: your connected car sends you a text message when it needs an oil change, and the message includes the contact information for the nearest automotive shop so all you have to do is dial the number and make the appointment. The IoT is gaining traction and, with the help of — you guessed it, 5G — the Internet of Things will connect an estimated 20 billion objects by 2020.
We’ve Only Seen the Beginning of Virtual Reality (VR)
While virtual reality (VR) has already experienced a jump in popularity, the rise of VR technology shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. VR will most obviously impact that gaming industry, however, virtual reality technology also holds immense promise for industries like healthcare and the military to revolutionize processes like training, product testing and data management.
Robots Are on the Rise
Robots were everywhere at MWC this year, and you might run into them in day-to-day life in the very near future. One promising use of robotics on display at MWC was the use of a robot named “Pepper” who greeted conference attendees and carried an iPad to share important conference information with attendees. It probably won’t be too long before we see robots like Pepper in retail environments who can speak to and assist customers with purchases.
HD VoLTE Conferencing on Mobile
PGi was delighted to reveal a surprise of our own at MWC 2017 with the debut of the mobile collaboration exchange. PGi’s mobile collaboration exchange provides a first-of-its-kind global conferencing and collaboration service that leverages PGi’s existing global conferencing network and audio infrastructure to provide mobile operators a way to deliver an HD audio and video conferencing experience and maximize their existing investments in their LTE and VoLTE infrastructure.
Currently, mobile HD audio is only experienced on point-to-point calls, but by interconnecting to PGi’s platform for mobile collaboration exchange — either directly or through an IPX — HD audio conferences can be experienced by any VoLTE customer on any network, in any country.
Based on what we learned at MWC 2017, the future lies in mobility and, with the advent of 5G on the horizon, the smart and successful organizations will be those with a mobile-first approach.
To read more about PGi’s mobile collaboration exchange, read the full press release here.