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MWC hits the buffers
The after-effects of the shocking, but surely inevitable, decision to cancel this year’s Mobile World Congress are still resonating around the telecommunications industry. The hit to the GSMA, exhibitors and the city of Barcelona will be painful, not just in terms of the show, but to the potential revenue-generating possibilities and contacts MWC can bring.
The big vendors will lick their wounds and, as several have already indicated, replace MWC with smaller local roadshows. Perhaps hardest hit will be the smaller vendors and start-ups for which MWC claims a substantial share of their limited marketing budget, not to mention the chance of showcasing their solutions in front of a quality audience they won’t easily encounter elsewhere.
“Perhaps hardest hit will be the smaller vendors and start-ups”
In this issue, we interview Cradlepoint CEO George Mulhern (pages 10-12) to find out about the coming hyper-connected world with networks connecting millions of additional endpoints, cloudenabled platforms, automation and SD-WANs.
Unified communications have been talked about for the last two decades, but it is only in the past few years that new solutions have really been able to seamlessly combine multiple technologies and applications. Our feature on pages 13-15 looks at some of the most recent developments and how they might evolve further. We also talk to Simon Frumkin, CEO of the Freshwave Group (pages 1617), about the company’s ambitious plans to help overcome the cellular connectivity challenge, in particular for businesses indoors and for MNOs outdoors.
The government has big plans to drive the use of technology in education. Budgets in the state sector are always a problem, but Wi-Fi is hugely popular from primary school to university, while two-way radio and increasingly PoC are being used for voice comms (see pages 18-20).
Finally, we take a look at the often overlooked, but still important, world of maintenance contracts for two-way radio systems, on pages 21-23. The right maintenance partner with the right contract keeps radio networks working, allowing the user organisation to concentrate on its business.
James Atkinson, Editor
February 2020 | www.landmobile.co.uk | Twitter:@Land_Mobile