MWC 2018: Huge Appetite for Technology Development but Very Short on Business-Level Innovation

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By Malik Saadi | 1Q 2018 | IN-5065


Technology Hangover at Mobile World Congress 2018


At this year’s Mobile World Congress, technology suppliers have been very busy pushing various technologies to the market in what ABI Research calls the technology hangover. This trend is consistent across all the technology supply chain, including access networks, core networks, cloud technologies, artificial intelligence, and software tools for digital transformation, mobile chipsets and devices, AR, VR, mixed reality, 360 video technologies, location technologies, and robotics. These technologies are targeting several verticals, including mobile devices, consumer electronics, computing devices, smart homes, smart cities, automotive, utility services, transportation, industrial automation, retail, health, and enterprises.

However, mobile service providers (MSPs) are still largely shy in adopting these technologies. MSPs remain in the early stages in several areas: understanding the end-markets’ technology requirements; understanding what strategies various verticals are utilizing to digitize their businesses; and understanding which …

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