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  Feb 27, 2017 4:00:49 PM

Even if you can't go to the Mobile World Congress 2017, that doesn't mean you should miss getting the updates in the world of mobile especially when it comes to Internet-of-Things (IoT) and 5G.


The event, held from Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain, discussed themes such as Content and Media, Consumer IoT, The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Digital Services), Government and Public Policy, Networks, Platforms and Sustainable Development. We saw a lot of focus on areas where Extra is currently active in such as interoperability, IoT, Open Source, Cloud and Big Data. Below are some of Extra's key takeaways from the Mobile World Congress 2017:

1. Practically any surface can be turned into a touchscreen now.

Imagine the business applications. We at Extra are particularly looking forward to developing some JARVIS-style projections of Pentaho Business Intelligence or NetSuite dashboards making every CEO and manager feel like Tony Stark.

2. 5G is coming.


With a new network infrastructure that has 1000% more capacity, 100x faster internet speed and 10x better ping rates, Extra expects more and more businesses to switch to Cloud-based business applications with barriers to switching from legacy and on-premise business applications disappearing.


3. Spread of IoT devices will strengthen calls for interoperability.



As a system integrator, Extra has been on the frontlines of promoting the interoperability of various business applications and devices. The fast march of technological progress has resulted in company data being stored in multiple formats making integration very difficult. However, along with more interconnected tech developments revealed during the Mobile World Congress 2017, there will be a stronger call for interoperability across various technologies.


4. Telcos rely on Open Source for network functions virtualization (NFV)



The large number of Communication Service Providers (CSPs), financial services, retail and automotive users of OpenStack speaking and exhibiting at Mobile World Congress validate the recent survey results by Heavy Reading, which shows that 86% of telecom respondents consider OpenStack essential or important to their success, and 99% are using, testing or considering OpenStack for their network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments. IoT and 5G round out the most popular telecom use cases for OpenStack. 


5. Need for business models to adapt to IoT.



The Mobile World Congress highlighted the continued spread of IoT devices. Because of this, businesses must adapt to take them into account either on their own product and service offerings or even how they themselves operate. Many companies that have chosen to innovate have been assisted by Extra to create a system that takes internet-enabled devices into account from Cloud-based ERPs accessible by mobile devices to gathering Big Data from internet-connected sensors.


The many exciting developments, insights and trends unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017 highlights the continued rise in use of mobile devices. With no decline in sight, building the world's 5G infrastructure to accomodate increased usage will be an important focus for both government regulators and large-scale telcos. We can only see more businesses adapting their products, services and operations to incorporate IoT and mobile accessibility.

Extra, with its extensive experience in mobile application development, Cloud-based business applications accessible through mobile devices, Big Data and IoT projects, continued to ride the growing wave of mobile technologies. 

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