The vast halls of Barcelona’s Fira are daunting for first time visitors and veterans alike. For the Real Wireless team, however, the annual connectivity jamboree is a great opportunity to meet up with clients and partners, cut through the noise and the hype to better understand the real issues driving solutions and investment in 2019.

We want to talk about real world trials and testing, new spectrum allocation and advanced connectivity infrastructure for roads (and other uses), as well as HetNets, small cells, densification and a lot more.

For example, while 5G for massive IoT and MBB gets all the headlines, it would be nice to hear more about 5G for rural and remote applications. Will comprehensive connectivity become a reality with 5G? And if so, how? We think the business case might make more sense if aligned with, for example, delivering connectivity via transport corridors.

Another talking point will be the GSMA’s recent launch of the Digital Declaration, described as ‘key principles that serve as a guide to acting ethically in the digital era’. This may well be timely, but one hopes it doesn’t obscure some of the nuts and bolts issues – like monetising 5G. And monetisation is only going to become a reality if focus shifts from outdoor solutions to the thorny issues associated with in-building 5G.

Much of our 5G work has been associated with techno-economic analysis through projects like MoNArch and NORMA, so expect to see us at the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5G PPP) booth (7K17), discussing the 5G-MoNArch project and the continuing evolution of network slicing. We will also be supporting the AutoAir display in the GSMA innovation zone in hall 4.

Despite this inevitable 5G focus, LTE, and its own continuing relevance to multiple sectors, will not be overlooked by Real Wireless. We trust that we won’t be alone and that, despite the relentless, forward-looking drive of events like MWC, that the role of LTE in laying the foundation for 5G networks and services continues to be a live issue at this vast, sometimes unwieldy, but still very important show.

And we hope that some of you will give us your perspective on these and other topics at MWC – or even find out how you can avail yourself of the services of the world’s leading independent wireless advisory firm. Just drop us a line. We look forward to meeting you.

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