MWC 2015 vs 2014, a new transition ahead ?

Mobile World Congress 2014, Barcelona : Mobile drives, but not the way you'd think. New heavy trends uprising...

First, a huge crowd for Barcelona, ​​and the organizers of the show, with 84,000 professional visitors on site and millions online. We have not seen an IT show of this scale in Europe and with such media coverage. To get an idea, in surface, it's the size of a Frankfurt or Geneva Auto mobile show.

Barcelona, Mobile World Capital for a few days! Thumbs up for Catalans who managed to steal the event and the show, from Cannes, where the event had started several years ago.

From a business perspective, the MWC 2014 underlines once again that Mobile has become The driver of the entire ICT industry. It is becoming, and this perhaps is the main MWC signal, a driver of the entire economy. Equipment manufacturers, software editors, service and solution providers, the whole ICT industry works for Mobile, which makes other industries and services work, Cosumer Electronics, Transportation, Automobile, etc...

On the front of technology announcements, paradoxically, nothing spectacular and specific to mobile networks has been announced . As if the industry was in between two stages, a transition in the making... 

So let's speculate : the ICT industry has reached a level of equilibrium in supply and demand for innovation. The pressure to innovate had previously been driven by demand for broader bandwidth to enable mobile networks deploy new services and applications. The development and now deployment of 4G Networks, has in some ways released the pressure. A 5G is or would be already available, as proclaimed by some manufacturers. But in any case, the demand is not there, not for that.

It is quite possible that in the coming years the wheel rotates towards Big Data and the Internet of -connected- Things (IOT) ... fixed and mobile. We would then see a new wave of innovation in the race for Big Data solutions, applications and connectable mini-devices, rather than the current race for smarter and smarter phones/tablets and screens... unless it is the security that takes over innovation. Let's see what MWC 2015 reveals !