5 Big Business Announcements From MWC 2022


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After two years of Covid, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) finally returned to its physical avatar in Barcelona. The event started as the great crisis unfolded in Ukraine, prompting GMSA, the event organizer, to not only condemn Russia for invading the country, but also ban its pavilion at the show. On the technology side, the focus of the event was, as always, largely on mobile technologies, although there were some notable developments on the business side as well.

Here’s a quick rundown of the biggest corporate announcements at MWC 2022.

Microsoft

First, Microsoft announced new services and solutions to upgrade Azure for Operators. The company said the product will soon offer Azure Operator Distributed Services, a carrier-grade hybrid cloud platform for 5G mobile and voice operators, as well as a cloud-native 5G SA core for operator edge deployments on that platform. The Redmond-headquartered giant also announced Azure Private 5G core and Azure public MEC for low-latency applications.

Collaboration with Qualcomm

In addition to its proprietary solution, Microsoft has also partnered with Qualcomm, where the chipmaker will leverage its private multi-access edge compute (private MEC), including Azure Private 5G Core, to deliver an end-to-end chip-to- -cloud private 5G network solution for enterprise applications such as robotics and manufacturing.

“This partnership between Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies will reduce adoption barriers and operating costs for high-performance 5G connectivity solutions for global enterprises. RAN-Core automation and observability of chip-to-cloud systems for deploying and operating large-scale private mobile networks that will greatly simplify the procurement, deployment and management of 5G intelligent edges for a wide variety of industries and use cases” Shriraj Gaglani, GM for Azure for Operators at Microsoft, said.

Cisco

Continuing the discussion on 5G, Cisco said it will work with its global partners to deliver private 5G as a service to enterprises and eliminate technical, financial and operational risks for them. It will be available on a pay-as-you-use model and is currently being tested in sectors such as education, entertainment, government, manufacturing and real estate.

Facebook and Tech Mahindra

The metaverse was another hot topic at MWC 2022, with Meta (formerly Facebook) calling for a global collaboration to build the network infrastructure that enables the interoperable and interconnected virtual space.

“Today we are at the beginning of the next transition as we build the metaverse. But creating a real sense of presence in virtual worlds delivered to smart glasses and VR headsets requires huge advances in connectivity. Bigger than any incremental changes we’ve seen before. Things like remote rendering over edge compute cloud and large-scale immersive video streaming will require entirely new types of networks,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

“We need to create a connectivity infrastructure that can evolve as fast as technology. So we will continue to work with partners who share this vision for the next computing platform – supporting breakthroughs in this ecosystem over the next decade to ensure that people around the world can participate in the metaverse we are all building, he added.

Furthermore, IT consultancy Tech Mahindra announced the launch of TechMverse, a dedicated platform for delivering interactive and immersive experiences in the metaverse for enterprises across industries.

“From infrastructure to experience, from spatial computing to now commerce, the Tech Mahindra platform, the TechMverse would enable a seamless integration between our well-known expertise in 5G with our skills in AI, AR/VR and blockchain,” CP Gurnani, MD & CEO at Tech said Mahindra.

“We would train a workforce of 1,000 engineers to ensure they are ready to solve complex business challenges and envision new worlds for our customers and society,” he noted.

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