Title II, 5G, RCS and IOT dominated days two and three at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona where multiple groups made their 5G intentions known, service providers confirmed rich communications services are imminent in the US and Tom Wheeler used his keynote session to defend the Federal Communications Commission's Title II decision.
To keep you up to date, here is a rundown of news from the show, and also links to exclusive Light Reading video interviews with Cisco's John Chambers, Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg and Ericsson's Hans Vestberg.
In an exclusive interview, Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders talked New IP shop with Cisco's CEO John Chambers, including transformation and virtualization, and Light Reading's independent testing of the vendor's virtualization solutions. (See CEO Chat With John Chambers, Cisco.)
The GSMA, NGMN, 3GPP, 5G-PPP, 4G Americas, a new Korean consortium and others all want to have a say in how 5G will be developed, standardized and used. Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown says having this many groups be involved so early on in the process is positive, especially considering the collective brain power. (See 5G Use Cases, Pre-Standards Groups Proliferate and 5G Visions Dazzle at MWC.)
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, defended the FCC's controversial decision to classify US broadband service as a Title II telecom service in an interview with Anne Bouverot, director general of GSMA, which served as his keynote address. While he didn't go into specifics on how the rules would be carried out, he shared the four stipulations: no traffic blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization and transparency. (See Wheeler: We'll Enforce Title II 'Case-By-Case'.)
Deutsche Telekom said its smart home products and services would be available in the Netherlands and UK later this year. Based on its Qivicon platform, an open standards initiative, the services are only available in Germany today. (See DT to Bring Smart Home Into Netherlands, UK.)
In other Deutsche Telekom news, Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders talked to DT's Axel Clauberg about the New IP topics of virtualization, cloudification and standards. (See CEO Chat With Axel Clauberg, Deutsche Telekom.)
Ericsson's CEO, Hans Vestberg, talked to Light Reading's Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre about the hot New IP topics of telco data center technology, business models and more. (See Ericsson CEO Talks Telco Data Center Tech.)
Orange sealed a major deal with Ericsson that covers five markets: Spain, Belgium, Romania, Slovakia and Moldova. A number of Orange staff will join Ericsson as part of the deal which services 30 million customers in total. Meanwhile, the company is looking at its approach to the African market. (See Orange Weighs Outsourcing of Africa Ops.)
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.