While Mobile World Congress content focuses on the wonderful world of wireless, service providers with their feet firmly planted in the fixed-access arena will find plenty to consider and learn.
With a general theme dubbed "Creating a Better Future," the Barcelona-based event is slated to attract over 108,000 attendees and more than 320 speakers between Feb. 26 and March 1.
The four-day conference program highlights the impact of mobile and the latest advances in the networks that make possible everything else, on individuals and businesses in developed and developing markets.
MWC underscores the important role fixed access plays in empowering many new wireless areas of growth, such as smart homes, artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality and augmented reality, often using fiber-based infrastructure to connect data collected from mobile devices to data centers for analysis, for example.
Events such as GSMA's "Future Networks Seminar: 5G for Industry-Specific Services" will focus on the visions and plans for 5G tailored network slicing in multiple industries. The goal is to enable operators to deliver tailored network-as-a-service (NaaS) to match the specific communication needs of various services.
Likewise, "The 5G and NFV Tour" is one way to wrap up the first day. It is an interactive tour on how virtualized networks and next-generation wireless applications come together. There is a fee for admission.
Keynote speakers include top-level executives from many of the world's leading operators. Monday's opening keynote features executives from Telia, Vodafone, China Mobile, NTT Docomo and Telefonica S.A., addressing the topic "Creating a Better Service Provider."
Later that day, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai and Andrus Ansip, vice president of the European Commission, take to the stage to address "The Future of The Industry: Transatlantic Digital Policy and Regulation."
You can find the full keynote agenda here. And keep an eye on both Broadband World News and Light Reading's dedicated MWC section for all the latest event news.
— Susan Fourtané, Science and Technology Journalist, Contributing BBWN European Correspondent