MWC Reflections

We spent last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and – as always – some major new product launches have taken place at the show. We saw Samsung’s Galaxy S6, the HTC One M9, and Microsoft’s Lumina 640.

But, MWC is not just about the latest consumer gear – it’s still very much about what it takes to make all the new technology work well for the consumer.  PeerApp is proud to be playing our part to help operators globally do just that.   

Our news for the show was the announcement of the PeerApp Mobile Edge Computing solution , which will extend our existing mobile core content caching/delivery solution to the edge, thereby helping mobile operators even further to meet the demand put on their networks by the flood of video and other OTT content. We demonstrated this solution at MWC to a fantastic reaction by customers, prospective customers, partners and industry analysts. Powered by Saguna, our Mobile Edge Computing solution leverages Network Function Virtualization (NFV) to bring cloud and virtualization concepts to the RAN.

This solution should further help subscribers to be able to view video on their mobile devices without stalling or buffering, a particular challenge with mobile video.  And studies have shown that improved QoE drives consumption.

Beyond devices (including wearables), it was an exciting week in other ways.  Lots of NFV and cloud discussion – accompanied by real rain clouds on Wednesday!  And video remains a hot commodity, being shot, shown and transmitted in many, many places.  Clearly video consumption will continue to grow, driving operators to continue to need to optimize networks for cost and quality.     

MWC is also a great time for standards, partnerships, seeing old friends and making new ones.  We were happy to announce that we’re joining ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, and will be an active member of its Mobile-edge Computing Industry Specification Group (ISG).  And, along with our long-standing partner, Sandvine, and others, we launched This new vendor forum is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and promoting best-of-breed implementation practices.

On the friend front, I’d like to thank the kind soul who let me ‘gate crash’ a Metro station that wouldn’t accept my wrinkled ticket.  This let me get back to my cross-town hotel after a great dinner off Las Ramblas with an old friend.  As I said – someone has to make all that technology work…

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