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GSMA Mobile World Congress – 2014

Mobile World Congress

The annual Mobile World Congress highlights the latest trends in mobile technology and services. It runs from 24 – 27 February in Barcelona, this year, and is organised by the GSMA (GSM Association). The congress brings together mobile operators, equipment vendors as well as industry figures.

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Thursday 27 February 2013

MWC 2014: NI brings software-designed test to LTE-A mobile
National Instruments has introduced the next PXI Express-based instruments in its software designed RF transceiver range.

Wednesday 26 February 2013

MWC 2014: Faster phone charging from Dialog
Dialog Semiconductor is aiming at Chinese phone makers with a phone charger chip implementing ‘Pump Express’, MediaTek’s proprietary fast-charge protocol – which is back-compatible with conventional Micro-USB charging.

Tuesday 25 February 2013

MWC 2014: Samsung puts its fingerprints on the Galaxy S5
Headline features of the phone include an improved camera, fitness tools and improved device protection, “as consumers stay fit and connected in style”.

MWC 2014: Rohde & Schwarz shows tester for in-vehicle emergency systems
The setup, with the CMW500 wideband radio communication tester and the SMBV100A vector signal generator with integrated global navigation satellite system (GNSS) simulator.

Monday 24 February 2013

MWC 2014: Sony launches Xperia Z2 Tablet lightly into the air
Better than iPad Air? Sony has announced its new flagship tablet, the Xperia Z2 Tablet.

MWC 2014: Sequans demos LTE Broadcast
Sequans Communications and Alcatel-Lucent are demonstrating LTE carrier aggregation, using Sequans’ Cassiopeia LTE-Advanced Platform, and LTE Broadcast, using Sequans’ Mont Blanc LTE platform.

MWC 2014: Nokia embraces Android with its X, X+ and XL phones
A few days before it completes its move to Microsoft, Nokia has embraced Android with its new X, X+ and XL phones, rainging in price from £74.

MWC 2014: Aeroflex bi-directional Cat 6 LTE-A handset test
Aeroflex now supports LTE-A carrier aggregation in TDD mode as well as FDD mode at Cat 6 data rates of 300Mbit/s down-link and 50Mbit/s up-link simultaneously.

MWC 2014: Rohde & Schwarz covers all LTE-A bands
Rohde & Schwarz shows its smallest drive test scanner in a unit measuring 151 mm x 47 mm x 93 mm and weighing just 650g.

MWC 2014: Wind River’s first commercial carrier grade integrated and virtualised software platform
Wind River introduces what it claims is industry’s first commercial carrier grade integrated and virtualised software platform.

MWC 2014: Cloud-based radio access network runs
Agilent Technologies demos a cloud-based radio access network as part of the C-RAN collaboration project with China Mobile Communications Research Institute (CMRI).

MWC 2014: LTE-A will dominate Barcelona phonefest
When it comes to 4G mobile technology LTE – long term evolution (of 3G) – is only a step on the journey to true 4G mobile.

MWC 2014: Qualcomm boosts Snapdragon for 4G LTE
Qualcomm Technologies introduces the latest generation Snapdragon processor the 801 on the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

MWC 2014: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
Qualcomm is introducing the Snapdragon 801 processor, “which includes several new enhancements to its predecessor, the Snapdragon 800 SoC, while maintaining software and pin compatibility”.

The $25 Spreadtrum-Firefox smartphone
Mozilla and Spreadtrum are getting together to make a smartphone which sells for $25 running on Firefox.


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Thursday 28 February 2013

MWC: Deutsche Telekom uses Rohde & Schwarz for LTE
Rohde & Schwarz has said that Deutsche Telekom is using its CMW KO550 test case option for quality assurance of its LTE network in Germany. The option is used by Deutsche Telekom to run specific LTE protocol test scenarios.

MWC: Creating application aware mobile networks
Every day new applications appear on the world’s mobile communications networks and user behaviour keeps adapting to new ways of streaming video, sharing files and communicating.

MWC: Japan goes big on Bluetooth 4.0
Nordic Semiconductor has indicated the growing interest in Bluetooth low energy in the Japanese consumer and mobile markets. The Bluetooth chipset firm demonstrated what it called “blank” Bluetooth low energy modules from Japanese suppliers at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

Wednesday 27 February 2013

MWC: Global Mobile Awards awarded
At the Mobile World Congress, the organisers, GSMA – have decided the 18th Annual Global Mobile award winners… Unsurprisingly, maybe, Android and Samsung have dominated.

Tuesday 26 February 2013

MWC: Firms show barcodes can be read from mobile screens
A partnership between Austria-based semiconductor company ams and US start-up Mobeam is designed to make it possible for barcodes to be scanned from a mobile phone screen.

Monday 25 February 2013

MWC: Aeroflex adds LTE-A support to 7100 test set
Aeroflex says its 7100 digital radio test set now has support for carrier aggregation as used in wideband LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) mobile networks. Carrier aggregation allows multiple radio carriers to be added together, allowing wider channel bandwidths and higher data rates to be achieved.

MWC: ARM clocks up 75 Mali licences
ARM has signed 75 licenses for its Mali GPU which are now in 70% of graphics-enabled digital TVs, 50% of Android tablets and 20% of Android smartphones, said ARM at Mobile World Congress this morning.

MWC: LTE-A chipset has 40MHz carrier aggregation
Sequans Communications says its first LTE-Advanced chip will be sampling next quarter. Supporting 3GPP Release 10 specifications, the Cassiopeia chipset implements carrier aggregation of 40MHz total bandwidth.

MWC: Rohde & Schwarz generator tuned for 802.11ac
Rohde & Schwarz has tuned its mid-range measuring instruments to handle WLAN signals in line with IEEE 802.11ac.

MWC: Qualcomm and Deutsche Telekom in internet partnership
Qualcomm has partnered with Deutsche Telekom to demonstrate an Internet of Everything (IoE) development platform, based on Qualcomm’s Gobi QSC6270-Turbo chipset.


MWC: Qualcomm goes for LTE RF front-end
Qualcomm, with its 50% share of the baseband processor and application processor markets and 86% share of the FDD-LTE modem market, is entering  the LTE RF front-end market with a chip-set which works across all the 40 different frequency bands announced for 4G.

MWC: LTE basestation processor has 16 ARM cores
LSI’s latest communications processor for 4G LTE basestations has up to 16 ARM Cortex-A15 cores. Designed the Axxia 5500, the 28nm chip’s networking accelerator supports 50Gbit/s packet processing, 20Gbit/s security processing and 160Gbit/s of Ethernet switching via 16 10Gb Ethernet interfaces.

MWC: Maxim brings multi-band LTE to small cells
Maxim Integrated Products has announced it latest small cell RF transceiver which supports all 3G and 4G LTE frequency bands. The company believes small cell basestations will play a strategic part in the rollout of 4G services both outdoors as well as in-building.

MWC: Qualcomm launches health challenge
Qualcomm is launching a Wireless Walking Challenge in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) at Mobile World Congress being held in Barcelona next week. It is also expanding the release of the 2net Connect Application Interfaces (APIs) to developers in Europe and initiating its Global 2net App Developer Challenge.


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Tuesday 28 February 2012

MWC: Mindspeed design wins
Korea Telecom has turned to Mindspeed for SoC baseband processors for its long-term evolution (LTE) small cell development.

MWC: ST-E to sample 28nm in Q3
At MWC, ST-Ericsson said that its first 28nm wireless chip-set, its NovaThor, will sample in Q3 and it will be used by Samsung in its Galaxy S Advance and by Sony Mobile in two of its Experia smartphones.

Monday 20 February 2012

MWC: iPhone gets health data over Bluetooth Low Energy
Cambridge Consultants will demonstrate Bluetooth low energy (BLE) iPhone 4S applications at Mobile World Congress.

MWC: Altera uses Symmetricom’s LTE clock technology
Altera has selected to incorporate the mobile network synchronisation technology of Symmetricom in its FPGA-based IEEE 1588 designs for the development of 4G/LTE mobile systems.

MWC: Nivio brings Android, Apple always-on access to Windows desktops
The start-up Nivio has announced the beta launch of its European service for Smartphones to provide always-on access to Windows desktop, applications and data.

MWC: Ubiquisys and Intel put mobiles on the cloud
Ubiquisys is demonstrating at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, a new type of small cell basestation which uses Intel processor technology to dramatically increase the processing power and storage when deployed in LTE networks.

MWC: Nvidia Tegra 3 powers HTC One X

At Mobile World Congress 2012 Nvidia has announced that its Tegra 3 mobile processor is powering the new HTC One X, which has been unveiled at the event.

MWC: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 turns Pro

Qualcomm has boosted graphics processing in its Snapdragon S4 tablet-smartbook processor to make a ‘Pro’ version.

MWC: Huawei shows energy-efficient basestations
Huawei has released a new energy-efficient basestation equipment site configuration at the 2012 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

MWC: App decides if call arrives as ringing, voicemail, or text
NEC is demonstrating smartphone software at Mobile World Congress that automatically recommends the way an incoming call will arrive, based on an estimate of the phone’s movement.

MWC: 4G LTE will be bigger winner at MWC 2012
The mobile phone industry will gather at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month and it will say “4G is happening, at last”.



About the GSMA

The GSMA was founded in 1987 and is a global trade association representing GSM mobile phone operators. More than 690 such operators are members, covering 214 territories or countries of. This doesn’t count the 180 manufacturers and suppliers that officially support GSMA’s initiatives as Associate Members.

The stated aims of the GSMA are “to ensure mobile phones and wireless services work globally and are easily accessible, enhancing their value to individual customers and national economies, while creating new business opportunities for operators and their suppliers”.


GSM wireless standards

The association describes GSM as an evolving’ wireless communications standard that covers voice and data services. The related GSM ‘family’ of technologies comprises: the ‘second generation’ GSM (Global System for Mobile communications), General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) and 3G GSM services (3GSM) based on W-CDMA and HSDPA technologies. Together these technologies underpin the GSM platform.

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