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Published on 12.03.2024
Innovation, Tech

Evolving Connectivity: Insights from MWC Barcelona 2024 


Published on 12.03.2024
Innovation, Tech

(Photo credit: GSMA Photos)


Last week, the city of Barcelona played host to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024, a pivotal event in the global technology calendar. With more than 101,000 attendees from 205 countries and more than 2,700 exhibitors, sponsors, and partners, MWC Barcelona has underscored its status as an important hub for the world’s technology innovators and leaders. With the objective of providing the best possible outcomes to the Luxembourg ecosystem, MyConnectivity collaborated closely with the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and the Department of Media, Connectivity and Digital Policy (SMC), to bring the Luxembourg Delegation to the forefront of this global tech congregation.

In this article, let’s spotlight the key technologies and strategic advancements that caught our attention:

Fixed Wireless Access (FWA): A Game Changer

One of the standout themes of the exhibition was the burgeoning ecosystem of Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) solutions. FWA is rapidly positioning itself as a formidable competitor to traditional wired connections, offering versatility and efficiency across a variety of scenarios. From delivering high-speed internet to underserved rural and remote locations to facilitating quick setup for temporary events, FWA demonstrates a flexible and cost-effective approach to broadband expansion, especially in urban areas faced with infrastructural limitations.

6G and Sub-Terahertz Communications

A buzz of excitement surrounded the discussions on the first prototypes of 6G and the potential applications of sub-terahertz (subTHz) frequencies. This technological evolution represents a monumental leap in wireless communication, with the power to enhance or even replace fiber optic cables within data centers. By harnessing subTHz frequencies, the industry anticipates a shift towards more efficient, high-capacity wireless communication channels, paving the way for an unprecedented speed and reliability in data transmission.

Fiber-to-the-Room (FttR): Pioneering In-Home Connectivity

Building upon the well-established Fiber-to-the-Home (FttH) infrastructure, the showcase of Fiber-to-the-Room (FttR) solutions marked a significant advancement in home connectivity. This next step in fiber technology aims to distribute Wifi7 throughout homes using the multi-gigabit speeds of XSGPON. The move towards FttR hints at a future where traditional ethernet cables may become obsolete, replaced by a seamless, fiber-based network within our living spaces.

The Integral Role of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a cornerstone of the connectivity industry, weaving its way into various facets from network design to operational management and user service enhancement. The pervasive application of AI underscores the importance of seamless system integration and collaborative teamwork. By capitalizing on the vast amounts of data generated, AI is facilitating the development of smarter, more efficient technological solutions.

GSMA Open Gateway: A New Era of Network API Monetization

The GSMA Open Gateway initiative represents a significant breakthrough in the monetization of network APIs. Supported by 21 leading mobile operators globally, this framework promises to democratize access to operator networks for mobile application developers. Its impact is expected to be far-reaching, with potential applications in banking, vehicle fleet management, drone operations, and XR technologies. The initiative promises to provide developers with low-level access to network configurations and information, ushering in a new era of innovation and collaboration.

The advancements in FWA, 6G, FttR, AI, and network API monetization not only promise to enhance connectivity and operational efficiency but also to inspire a wave of innovation and progress across various sectors. We’re already looking forward to how these technologies will evolve and impact Luxembourg’s digital landscape.

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