Thoughts on Mobile World Congress
By Laith Dahiyat, Director, Global Telecom Strategy
Earlier this month, I and a few other of Accruent’s leaders in the telecom industry attended Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry. This year, we joined tens of thousands attendees in Barcelona, Spain to network, learn and enjoy some great Spanish cuisine.
For me, the best part of the trip was the solid meeting schedule that the team created, and the valuable connections that came out of those. It’s not often that so many executives, innovators and thought leaders in the mobile industry are gathered in one place – the energy of the event was practically tangible.
Beyond meetings, our team enjoyed the rich discussion and presentations. One key theme revolved around identity management and security. There’s a massive amount of personal data flooding networks. How can personally identifiable data be protected without disrupting the user experience and the consumers’ dependence on social media and mobile commerce?
Another huge topic was the Internet of Things, or IoT. As more devices become connected to the network (everything from cars to toothbrushes to industrial machinery), how can network operators capitalize on the crush of data while still providing great quality of service?
An event of this scale is naturally going to bring in some influential speakers, including keynote speaker Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook and self-made billionaire. We were also privileged to witness the launch the Samsung Galaxy S6, what Samsung describes as the phone that “define[s] what’s next in mobility.”
It was interesting to hear people’s thoughts and experience the global nature of telecom and how diverse the market is. There were attendees at Mobile World Congress from all over the world, and we had meetings with people from 8 different countries. Barcelona was breathtaking, and we all came away having learned one thing about its culture – don’t try to eat dinner before 7:30 p.m., because the restaurants are still closed.