4 weeks ago


MWC19 Barcelona is over

MWC19 Barcelona is over for another year and as the industry’s innovators and influencers headed back to their respective bases, we briefly reflect on the ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ theme, which clearly widened the events scope beyond mobile. More than 109,000 visitors from over 198 countries and territories attended MWC19 Barcelona, including more than 7,900 CEOs. Over 2,400 companies showcased the latest technology, products and services over four days. By far the biggest talking point was 5G, from network infrastructure advancements to device announcements, there was a clear degree of optimism that 5G is fast becoming a reality. A hugely positive step for the smartphone sector was the unveiling of innovation with the advent of foldable displays. A tremendous amount of noise was created in a sector that has seen little by way of differentiation for a while, so watch this space as we see what this will mean for the average consumer. Of course, other themes including connected cars, VR, AI, IoT devices and ingenious app ideas, privacy protection and backend solutions were also prolific throughout. Our own team were on the ground cementing existing relations and exploring new opportunities to continue to bring an exciting edge to our portfolio during 2019. Watch this space! 4 5