Mobile World Congress

Liberty Global’s Fries: 5G could be ‘bad dream’ for operators

Bearing the cost of investing in 5G could turn out to be a ‘bad dream’ for operators, with the business case still uncertain, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. “For many operators, 5G could be a bad dream,” said Fries, speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with the incredible cost of building […]

Cisco: 5G must be wed to WiFi 6 to ensure success

Marrying 5G to the deployment of sixth-generation WiFi will be crucial to the success of the global deployment of the technology, according to Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Robbins said that growth in connectivity will unleash “incredible applications” across industry and commerce, with 5G also opening up “a world […]

Rakuten chief: cloud tech will enable company to disrupt mobile at low cost

E-commerce giant Rakuten is moving ahead with plans to launch its own mobile telecom network in Japan, with chairman and CEO Mickey Mikitani claiming that the company’s software and cloud-centric approach will enable it to disrupt the market at a fraction of the cost traditionally associated with setting up a full-fledged mobile infrastructure Speaking at […]

CNN ‘immune’ from impact of OTT TV

CNN is more or less immune from the impact of the growth of OTT TV and “has never been more relevant” according to CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Zucker told attendees that CNN and news channels in general are “somewhat immune” from the rise of OTT TV giants […]

Brands need to tap into teens’ ‘natural-born recommendation engines’

The media and general consumption habits of Generation Z – teenagers and young adults – differ significantly from that of the – now rapidly ageing – millennial generation and require a rethink in terms of how brands can use media to reach them, according to Melanie Mohr, founder of Yeay, a German startup that is […]

Liberty Global’s Fries: consolidation needed to justify Euro 5G investment

Realising the 5G vision in Europe will be extremely challenging because of the amount of money required to build the networks and supporting infrastructure, according to Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Fries said: “The one thing that I think will prevent Europe from realising this 5G […]

FCC chair promises return to ‘light-touch’ regulation

The FCC’s new chairman Ajit Pai has promised a return to a “light-touch approach to regulation”, claiming the FCC has made clear mistakes in the past two years. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Pai – who was appointed by Trump to lead the US media and telecoms regulator in late January – said that […]

Vivendi chief sees future in ‘horizontal’ convergence

Vivendi’s first attempt at convergence may have failed spectacularly, but the all-new media-focused Vivendi of 2017 is set to lead the way with a ‘horizontal’ convergence model, according to CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. Vivendi first went down this road with the ill-fated Jean-Marie Messier-led acquisition spree that culminated in the French telecom group’s disastrous merger […]

Vice targets Asia with major mobile expansion

Vice Media is making a major mobile push, expanding its offerings in a bid to reach “hundreds of millions of new mobile subscribers” around the world. Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, Vice founder and CEO, Shane Smith, said the deals include a vast rollout in Asia Pacific in partnership with mobile […]

Netflix CEO: mobile operators will change data plans to boost video

Mobile operators are likely to experiment with new ways of selling mobile data that could help Netflix extend its reach – if it can provide high-quality streamed content at ultra-low bit-rates – according to CEO Reed Hastings. In an on-stage interview at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Hastings said that mobile network operators would […]

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