As MWC Barcelona, formerly Mobile World Congress, wines down for the year 2019, Data Economy looks at some of the biggest announcements jam-packed into the event that is renowned for bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 tech companies worldwide. One thing that is clear across the broad is that 5G is the hot topic on everyone’s lips.
At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019, Huawei Enterprise released its data centre-level converged distributed storage, FusionStorage 8.0.
According to the company, it leverages mature storage and
public cloud capabilities, helping industry customers such as carriers and
financial institutions easily cope with cloud migration challenges.
Huawei also introduced its Digital Platform that enables organisations
to achieve business synergy and agile innovation by optimising the integration
of new ICT and converged data.
“In this era, the digital transformation of enterprises, the
economy, and the whole society has brought enormous opportunities and challenges
to various industries,” said Yan Lida, President of Huawei Enterprise Business
“With more than ten years of digital transformation
experience, Huawei has confirmed that digitalisation can be achieved only when
the digital world and the physical world are fully integrated.
“Based on this understanding, we are launching Huawei
Digital Platform for the enterprise market in response to customer needs. It is
the only platform that can horizontally integrate new ICT including cloud, AI,
IoT, Big Data, converged communication, video and GIS, as well as vertically
connect devices, edge, network and cloud.”
During MWC19, Huawei launched the OceanStor Dorado3000 V3
entry-level storage system and the OceanStor Dorado Memory Express (NVMe)
The company revealed that the OceanStor Dorado3000 V3 leverages
FlashLink technology to ensure stable performance even during peak hours.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) presented the company’s goal to provide technology to enable people, organisations, small businesses and start-ups with a world-changing vision to have meaningful impact in his keynote speech at MWC19.
“Computing is embedded in our world in every place and in
everything. There’s computing in every industry – oil and gas, retail, agriculture,
financial services,” he said.
There’s computing in everything from connected cars to
connected refrigerators, smart surgical tools, and even smart coffee machines.”
Microsoft introduce Azure Kinect, an IoT edge device,
derived from the XBox Kinect games controller at MWC19 in Barcelona, which has
a depth sensor, high-definition camera and a spatial microphone array.
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) showcased how it is helping its service provider and enterprise customers adopt and drive revenue from 5G-powered services.
Cisco has had over
100 active engagements with global customers on 5G, and 40 service providers
are actively trialling and deploying Cisco 5G Now solutions.
“At Mobile World Congress Barcelona this week, we will
emphasise our networking innovation across wired, Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G standards,”
said Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service
Provider Business, Cisco.
“Cisco is focused on providing our customers with networking
insights and assurance, as well as consistent quality of experience and
security policies from enterprise to service provider domains.
“As technologies continue to converge, only Cisco can offer
the breadth of software and hardware expertise to solve IT pain points that
come with delivering cloud-native mobile networks, managed services,
automation, IoT, security and data analytics.”
Vertiv teamed up with technology analyst firm 451 Research to release the findings at MWC19 of a survey that revealed a good sense of optimism about the services 5G will enable and the interplay with edge computing.
The majority of telecoms operators surveyed believe the 5G
era will start in earnest in 2021 in all geographies, with 88% of respondents
planning to deploy 5G in 2021-2022, according to the company.
However, more than 90% of respondents believe 5G will result
in higher energy costs and are interested in technologies and services that
Vertiv’s internal research found that the move to 5G is
likely to increase total network energy consumption by 150-170% by 2026, with
the largest increases in macro, node and network data centre areas.
The survey questioned more than 100 global telecoms
operators about the opportunities and potential obstacles of deploying 5G
services and the impact on edge computing adoption.
“The challenge for operators considering 5G will be choosing
the most mature use cases, verticals and eco-systems where they can play a
meaningful and sustainable role,” said Giordano Albertazzi, president for
Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“The research Vertiv has undertaken into edge computing use
cases and archetypes, together with this latest survey with 451, will help our
operator customers and telecoms partners to build more robust business cases
for 5G investments and associated edge compute deployments.”
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VMware (NYSE: VMW) announced that Vodafone has expanded its footprint of VMware’s cloud infrastructure to power its network and to capture operational agility, being that the company is Vodafone’s primary strategic partner for telco cloud infrastructure services.
“The ability to be flexible and agile as we continue to
automate our network operations and management could only be achieved through a
software defined infrastructure,” said Johan Wibergh, Chief Technology Officer,
“We have been pleased with the accelerated time-to-market
and associated economic benefits of our transition to NFV and, increasingly, a
telco cloud infrastructure.
“We’ve teamed up with VMware based not only on its
technology leadership and innovation, but the ability to get operational
deployments up and running within our requirements.”
At Mobile World Congress 2019, VMware highlighted
innovations that they feel can help communications services providers (CSPs)
capture the 5G opportunity and break into the cloud economy
“We are delighted to
see this rapid progress in our engagement with Vodafone as we continue to
expand our impact with the global telco market,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive
vice president, strategy and corporate development and general manager, Telco
NFV group, VMWare.
“Our expertise lies in serving up the benefits of virtualisation,
simplification, reliability, cost efficiency and agility, in even the most
complex telco environments.
“Multi-cloud is the future of telco, and Vodafone is an
innovator when it comes to leveraging the telco cloud for next-generation
At MWC 2019, VMware highlighted innovations that they feel can
help communications services providers (CSPs) capture the 5G opportunity and
break into the cloud economy.
In addition to that, the company announced expanded
relationships with AT&T and Vodafone, along with an expanded alliance with
Ericsson and a new partnership with T-Systems.
Lenovo Data Center
Lenovo Data Center Group unveiled its ThinkSystem SE350 edge server, the first of a family of edge servers to come from the firm, and highlighted its new IoT solutions in video security and surveillance through its partnership with Pivot3 and Future-Ready Retail Store Infrastructure through its partnership with Scale Computing.
The company also displayed a Multi-Access Edge Computing
(MEC) platform along with Wind, WizR, Vertiv and Intel hosting VR applications
at the edge, while demonstrating a first 5G virtualised O-RAN solution
providing flexibility and efficiency to Communication Service Providers
including China Mobile.
“There is tremendous opportunity to help customers realize
the power that edge computing can bring to their organisations,” said Kirk
Skaugen, Executive Vice President, Lenovo and President of Lenovo Data Center
“We’ve made significant focused investments in our IoT and
Telco offerings over the past year with several strategic partners, enabling
connectivity from edge to data centre.
“We are committed to supporting industry open source
initiatives, including the Open RAN, and Lenovo looks forward to co-chairing
the Open RAN (O-RAN) Cloudification and Orchestration groups.”
Linux distribution company Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) announced that its open source technologies will be used by Rakuten Mobile Network in launching its new mobile network, which is planned to be launched in October 2019.
The company said that the network will allow Rakuten Mobile
Network to more agilely respond to customer needs and provide differentiated
offerings from legacy mobile vendors, as well as better prepare the carrier to
meet the forthcoming demands of 5G technologies.
“The next generation of mobile networks isn’t defined by
inflexible, proprietary solutions; it’s frequently founded in cloud-native technologies
driven by open source,
“From 5G to augmented reality, many advancements in mobile
services are being powered by open software on open standards-based hardware.
“As a leader in building open, innovative telecommunications
infrastructure, we are pleased to have helped Rakuten Mobile Network to not
only develop its next-generation network but to also set the bar for how open,
cloud-native designs can define mobile networking.”
Red Hat also announced a new training and certification programme
emphasising the next-generation of telecommunications innovation.
The company revealed that the Red Hat Certified Architect
Programme in Telco Cloud focuses on the skills that telecommunications
engineers need to build network function virtualisation (NFV) clouds, critical
technologies that can help drive advanced services like 5G.
Casa Systems (Nasdaq: CASA) announced its new Apex 5G Metro
Radio Access Network (RAN) solution, which is the company’s first 5G / New Radio
(NR) that supports virtualised disaggregated and distributed or All-in-One
“Casa delivers solutions that put our customers a step ahead
and opens new service opportunities,” said Jerry Guo, CEO at Casa Systems.
“RAN solutions must be suited for the market. More and more
service providers are turning to Casa Systems for innovative solutions, like
our new Apex 5G Metro, to meet their unique deployment and performance needs.”