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5G Takes Center Stage at MWC19 Barcelona

Empirix at MWC19 Barcelona
The Empirix team at MWC19 Barcelona

As predicted, 5G technology was the main focus of MWC19 Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress). Speaker after speaker touted the importance of deploying 5G as quickly as possible. Tech companies from all over the world showcased their 5G capabilities. Though 5G was a big topic at MWC the past few years, there’s clearly more urgency than ever. The impact of 5G will span industries and save lives.

Ericsson boasted a haptic glove that uses low latency 5G connections to relay remote assistance to paramedics. “We set up a VoLTE call, we added a 5G data channel, and over the data channel the doctor’s able to administer an ultrasound,” an Ericsson representative told Mobile World Live during a demo.

Åsa Tamsons, Ericsson’s senior vice president and head of business area technologies/new business, said, “We need more action than talk when it comes to 5G.”

During a Wednesday keynote, Arm chief Simon Segas said young people’s technology habits are transforming the industry. “What we’re seeing now is the first generation of true digital natives coming to an age where they’re really starting to appreciate this technology. They’re going to come up with the ideas that will truly allow us to deliver on the full benefits of 5G.”

On Tuesday, BMW and Daimler executives announced a new $1 billion venture to combine their mobility services. BMW’s DriveNow, ParkNow and ChargeNow businesses will join forces with Daimler’s Car2Go car-sharing service, according to BBC News. The car makers have a 50/50 stake in the venture. BMW also showed off its autonomous car powered by 5G.

The Empirix team stayed busy throughout MWC19 discussing 5G, network function virtualization (NFV), Internet of Things (IoT) and other hot topics with booth visitors. Emerging technologies that conduct complex evaluations of network and customer behaviors will deliver scores that accurately represent quality as perceived by customers. Read our recent white paper, QoE in the Digital Transformation Era, to learn more.