“Mobile World Congress set additional records, with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies showcasing cutting-edge products and services across 98,000 net square meters of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,800 international media and industry analysts attended the event to report on the many significant industry announcements made at the Congress. Preliminary independent economic analysis indicates that the 2014 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than €356 million and 7,220 part-time jobs to the local economy.”
“The four-day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and companies from industry sectors such as automotive, finance and healthcare, as well as government delegations from across the globe. Over 50 per cent of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 4,500 CEOs and 18 per cent of attendees for the 2014 show were women.”
This year’s Mobile World Congress registered in excess of 85,000 attendees, that is 18% over last year’s record attendance.
At Alcatel-Lucent’s booth our NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) teams handled more than 300 private demonstrations, all by invitation only and most scheduled in advance to MWC. That not only signals strong interest in cloud computing in the telecommunications industry, but also our company’s leading edge in the carrier cloud space.
We have already crossed the chasm between researching the art of what’s possible and reality. This is my fourth consecutive year discussing cloud computing technologies for network operators at MWC. Our head start has equipped us with know-how and compelling solutions, which our customers are deploying today.
This was a very successful MWC for our teams, which called for a celebration after MWC’s closed its doors to the public (right picture).
Earlier in the day I visited Catalonia’s booth which promoted a number local start-ups. In the afternoon I joined SCTC (Society of Communications Technology Consultants) for the “Consultants Day” in Barcelona, and off site event sponsored by Banc de Sabadell and Argelich Networks.
This conference’s presentations involved consultants and service providers, as well as a thought provoking panel discussion on cloud computing. Among many other topics of interest, I was glad to hear Orange’s J. Nabet stating the need for SLA (Service Level Agreements) engineered to take care of both cloud and network services, a key differentiator for network operators.
I would like to thank the organizers and, specially, A. Argelich for inviting me to join the conference’s speakers to continue discussions over dinner.
Another intensive day at Alcatel-Lucent’s booth packed with back to back meetings with service providers, press, analysts and public officials at our demo station.
Our discussions on the Cloud Communications Platform ranged from deep dives on what it takes to implement and operationalize NFV today to some discussions on cloud fundamentals in the context of telecommunication networks. This signals the fact that the industry is no longer wondering whether to adopt cloud technologies. Our customers are now zeroing in on what it takes to make things happen and what specific use cases make the most sense to start with.
Later that evening, Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand held the “NFV Mixer” co-sponsored by Intel, a reception for ecosystem partners in the hospitality section of our booth.
Opening day. Alcatel-Lucent’s MWC14 slogan is “Mobile Meets Cloud.”
Our booth was designed to host a number of demonstration stations. Two of them where exclusively dedicated to NFV: vIMS (virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem) and vEPC (virtual Evolved Packet Core) both supported by CloudBand’s Management System and Cloud Node.
Telefonica’s and China Mobile’s own press releases featured Alcatel-Lucent NFV solutions. Our customers also followed up on our collaboration with Intel, which was announced just the day before. This program aims to accelerate the development of key cloud technologies, such as data plane acceleration.
That night I attended TechCrunch’s & BoB gathering at El Palauet, an Art Nouveau mansion built in the early 1900s. I would like to thank Deustche Telekom’s J. Noronha and Concise Software’s L. Hostynski for sharing interesting insights on emerging technologies and markets. This event focused on connecting influencers from around the world with innovators in town for MWC.
Our team met with M. Combes, Alcatel-Lucent’s CEO, the day before MWC’s official opening.
The Cloud Communications Platform experience involved two large touch screens portraying a live demonstration (left screen) and interactive infographics (right screen). While focusing on value and DevOps (Development & Operations) we also took care of exemplifying end user benefits, these were clearly illustrated with tablets and real time communications applications.
That night I also enjoyed a good conversation with C. Chappelle at Heavy Reading’s gathering. She is a well respected industry analyst whose research focuses on the service provider’s adoption of cloud computing technologies. I would like to thank Heavy Reading for their kind invitation and S. Reedy for letting me know about Chicago’s “Big Telecom” event, scheduled for June of this year.
MWC remained under construction and we all were asked to comply with safety rules. We conducted demo dry-runs supported by M. Gerdisch and S. Furge’s of Alcatel-Lucent’s CIC (Cloud Innovation Center).
Our Cloud Communications Platform was ready for prime time, a solution featuring vIMS and the NFV Platform with SDN (Software Defined Networking). Given its sophistication, we could have deployed three standalone demonstrations instead. In hindsight, showing how these technologies come together to deliver greater value for our customers was the right approach.
Landed in Barcelona and partnered with D. Johnson, IMS Virtualization & Cloud Enablement Head, at Alcatel-Lucent’s booth, which was under construction. Our objective that day was to sync on the latest developments and to discuss messaging updates for MWC.
In my first evening in Barcelona I was fortunate to make it for my high school’s 50th Anniversary celebration. I couldn’t be happier about reconnecting with faculty and joining distinguished guests such as I. Rigau, Minister of Education with the Government of Catalonia and J.Jané, Vice President, Parliament of Spain. I would like to thank Principle Fr. M. Muñoz for his kind invitation.
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Greetings from London.