Mobile World Congress

Mobile execs mull future of 5G at MWC

Mobile technology executives used a wide-ranging conference session on 5G at Mobile World Congress to spell out radically divergent visions of the future of the technology and its prospects. The views ranged from 5G having little chance of success in the current framework of its evolution, to predictions that 5G represents the future of fixed […]

Europe at ‘crunch point’ ahead of 5G transition

Europe is at a ‘crunch point’ when it comes to telecoms, with the planned move to 5G set to transform how people live, work, play and communicate. This is according to Andrus Ansip, European Commission’s vice-president for the digital single market, commenting ahead of his speech at next week’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. […]

Vodafone to offer RealNetworks’ RealTimes to cloud customers

Video streaming specialist RealNetworks is making its RealTimes app, its highlight product from this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, available to Vodafone Backup+ users via a partnership between the pair. RealTimes provides edited versions of users’ personal media including video via an algorithm that automatically selects the best content created by consumers on their […]

BT’s Patterson defends Openreach ahead of Ofcom announcement

BT CEO Gavin Patterson has defended infrastructure arm Openreach’s continued existence as a part of the UK telco, ahead of tomorrow’s recommendations on the issue by regulator Ofcom. Using his appearance at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to address the topic, Patterson said the UK market was “highly competitive” both in infrastructure, thanks […]

VR still faces significant challenges, MWC attendees told

Virtual reality (VR) still faces significant challenges before it becomes a mainstream entertainment offering, according to a panel of VR technology and content providers at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mihai Pohontu, VP emerging platforms, Samsung said that “monetisation opportunities are few” at the moment. “There are not many opportunities for developers to […]

BuzzFeed launches video app

BuzzFeed has launched a video app that works across platforms. Announcing the launch at Mobile World Congress today, BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti said that mobile video has been behind much of the growth seen by BuzzFeed across multiple platforms. “I think we’re going to see a lot more binge watching of our shows […]

Zuckerberg: 360-degree video and VR will be ‘killer app’ for 5G

Three hundred and sixty degree video and ultimately virtual reality will become mainstream ways of “sharing experiences” that will drive the next wave of mobile network upgrades, according to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook. Speaking at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, Zuckerberg said that improvements in bandwidth meant that using video was now a […]

EE to continue to offer TV service under own brand

EE will continue to market its recently launched TV service independent of BT as part of the telco’s plan to keep the two brands separate “for the foreseeable future”, according to Guillaume Sampic, head of strategy at EE. Speaking at an event organised by technology company Netgem on the fringes of this week’s Mobile World […]

Ericsson targets operators with Media Delivery Network enhancements

Ericsson will use the forthcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to launch a number of enhancements to its Media Delivery Network. Simon Frost, head of TV marketing at Ericsson said the launch would be focused on TV operators. Future developments include features that will enable operators to offer white label CDNs to media companies and […]

Viacom mines second screen opportunities

The second screen provides an “extraordinary opportunity” for broadcasters as viewer consumptions habits continue to shift, according to the president and CEO of Vicaom International Media Networks (VIMN). Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on a keynote panel called The Battle for the Multiscreen Home, Bob Bakish said that mobile opportunities rested around three […]