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    EBR's editor-in-chief N.Peter Kramer was among the more than 85.000 visitors to MWC 2015 as a special guest of Huawei Technologies. EBR publishes its new webdossier: ''Digital, data and the day after tomorrow".

The annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (beginning of March) is considered to be the largest event in the calendar of the global telecommunications industry. Astonished, the new European Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Gunther Oettinger, called it 'a celebration of technology'.


Searching the past you can find out that MWC has had several identity changes as it has evolved over the years.

Why is Mobile World Congress not called Mobile Connectivity Congress?

Someone (like me!) visiting the MWC for the first time, with no preconceived ideas, might well find themselves wondering why is it called MOBILE World Congress. The variety of industries, applications, activities on display in Barcelona makes the overarching theme open to interpretation.

The Chinese tech giant Huawei is promising a ‘4.5G’ mobile networking solution by 2016 that will deliver more than 1 Gbit/s in throughput with 10 milliseconds latency.

Huawei: 4.5G to bridge the gap between 4G and 5G

It was said that although the 4.5G tech included prospective 5G features like low latency and virtualisation, it is unlikely it would delay the introduction of 5G. Huawei is aiming to plant its flag in the 5G hill within a few years.

The EU’s wish is that the Europe regains its pole position in the next generation of communications network systems connectivity after it lost the race on 4G.

4G is a success! Why jumping to 5G?

During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (beginning of March), the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger urged the 5G Private Public Partnership (5G PPP) to increase the efforts for a serious development of 5G.

During a pressconference at the recent Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Günther Oettinger, said that Europe’s authorities have a crucial role in driving the continent’s 5G efforts.

The road to 5G, a challenge for Europe

From 1G to the more recently deployed 3G and 4G, with each new generation of communications networks systems connectivity becomes more prominent in our lives. And although 4G is only used by a small percentage of the world (for instance Brussels) a dream called 5G is already born!

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