FIRA WIRE Day 0: MWC19 pre-show vendor blitz!

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Samsung reveals its first 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S10 5G, one of four new models for the S10 range, and one of several 5G smartphones you'll be seeing on the show floor this year. Image credit: Samsung

Mobile World Congress 2019 kicks off today in Barcelona, although in terms of news releases it kicked off last week for the major equipment vendors, who like to get all of their MWC announcements out of the way the week prior to the show.

So in case you missed it, or couldn’t be bothered to open all those separate email announcements, here (in more or less random order) are selected highlights from last week’s PR blitz for you to scroll through. (Spoiler: includes at least one 5G smartphone.)

NOTE: Several vendors were still churning out releases as we went to press (Nokia just sent us six in the last hour), but, you know, we have to sleep sometime.

1. Huawei

Huawei released its “Simplified 5G” deployment strategy that addresses “unprecedented rapid development” of 5G by promoting network simplification, automation, and business simplification, as well as a series of solutions for autonomous driving mobile networks, including the MBB Automation Engine (MAE) and BTS5900 series base stations.

Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group will make its debut appearance at MWC, where it will host its own summit and showcase products including an AI-powered data center switch and software-defined AI cameras.

Huawei also showcased a series of co-authored white papers last week, including 5G pre-commercial use, Cloud ‘VR+2B’ scenarios, 5G core network migration and A/B Testing. Huawei also released its own white paper on CUPS technology.

2. Samsung

Samsung Electronics revealed the various new devices and equipment it will be showcasing at MWC19, including its first 5G smartphone, the Galaxy S10 5G, one of four new models for the S10 range. Also on show: the mid-tier Galaxy A50 and A30, the Galaxy Tab S5e, new wearables (Galaxy Watch Active and Galaxy Buds), and the Galaxy Fold (its fabled foldable smartphone).

Samsung will also stage various 5G demos, one of which will be to power live broadcasts of the GSMA’s ‘Mobile World Live TV’ at the Gran Via venue as well as 280 hotels in Barcelona during the event.

3. Nokia

Nokia announced the successful field trial of its Cloud RAN architecture on CMCC’s live 5G NSA network, two new additions to its AirScale small cells portfolio, enhancements to its Anyhaul transport portfolio, the opening a network of ‘Cognitive Collaboration Hubs’ to enable cooperation between Nokia, operators, and enterprises to develop AI-powered use cases, and the results of the Nokia 5G Maturity Index, produced in partnership with Analysys Mason.

4. ZTE

ZTE announced its MWC19 plans, which will include the unveiling of its first 5G flagship device – which is scheduled to roll-out in the European and Chinese markets in the first half of this year – at MWC19. ZTE will also introduce its latest Blade V10 series, and stage demos for 5G indoor CPE, IoT, ‘Internet of Vehicles’ and mobile broadband solutions.

5. Qualcomm

Qualcomm Technologies will demonstrate its latest 5G New Radio (NR) technologies at MWC2019. Last week the company announced its new Snapdragon X55 5G modem, its second-generation RF front-end (RFFE) solutions for 5G multi-mode mobile devices designed to work with the X55, and a development kit for mesh Wi-Fi networks, qualified by Amazon, to integrate the Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

6. Ericsson

Ericsson will show a live demonstration of the first activation of Ericsson Spectrum Sharing with an Intel 5G device at MWC2019 to show that 4G and 5G traffic can run simultaneously on the same frequency carrier. The company will also be showing off new additions to its evolving 5G platform portfolio. Last week, Ericsson said it enabled an international AR video call with Singtel, Optus, and OPPO, and signed a global alliance agreement with VMWare.

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