Mobile World Congress (News - Alert) wrapped up yesterday and, not surprisingly, 5G and the IoT were among the central themes of the event.
Among the companies with 5G news were AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Sprint, Qualcomm (News - Alert), and Verizon.
AT&T was talking about its Network 3.0 Indigo software-defined network, which it said will position it well for 5G. At the show the carrier, Ericsson, and Qualcomm Technologies demonstrated the use of carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, 256 QUAM, and LTE (News - Alert)-License Assisted Access. It said Austin and Indianapolis would be its first 5G Evolution markets. And it talked about its existing 5G fixed wireless business customer trial in Austin and how it will be expanding its work in the Texas city with a second trial, which will leverage Ericsson’s 5G RAN and the Intel 5G Mobile Trial Platform.
Meanwhile, just prior to Mobile World Congress, Verizon announced plans for limited trials of 5G in 11 markets. It’s working with Ericsson and Samsung Electronics.
As Next Generation Communications contributing writer Frank Griffin wrote earlier this week, Nokia at Mobile World Congress outlined its 5G strategy, introduced a new version of the iconic 3310 mobile phone it first unveiled years ago, and promoted its Internet of Things solution.
As I noted in my MWC coverage, part of the company’s 5G strategy is its new Nokia 5G FIRST solution. That includes Nokia’s AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas, packet core, and mobile transport solutions.
On the IoT front, Nokia announced that it will be redesigning its Health Mate application and launching its HIPPA-compliant Patient Care Platfotm. Both solutions fall into the digital health category.
Speaking of IoT, telematics solutions provider Geotab (News - Alert) this week revealed it is employing CAT-1 chipsets from Altair Semiconductor to power an application for AT&T.
And in other recent news, Netronome (News - Alert) and Nuage Networks have integrated their solutions to enable network functions virtual performance increases of up to five times, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. and Nokia announced a collaboration, and Xiaomi deployed Nokia’s 1830 PSS.