Mobile World Congress (MWC) is perhaps the largest mobile networking event in the world today, where hardware vendors and carriers alike come to show off their wares.
MWC 19 runs from February 25-28 in Barcelona, Spain, with multiple networking vendors making new announcements about mobile networking technologies. With 5G mobility just around the corner, it's no surprise 5G was the most pervasive theme at the event and across vendor announcements.
In this EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet article we round up the big news from seven vendors at MWC 19:
Cisco is making several announcements at MWC, highlighting engagement with carriers helping them to deploy 5G.
As part of its 5G efforts, Cisco announced that it is committing $5 billion in funding over the next three years. That funding will go to the Cisco financing program as part of an effort to help customers adopt 5G technology.
Cisco is also showcasing new technologies, including networking platforms that can help operators scale to meet the needs of 5G. Among those technologies are the Cisco NCS 5500, NCS 560 and NCS 540 routers for 5G. Cisco's Unified Domain Center helps to bring intent-based network to 5G, providing operators with a unified approach to complex network management.
"At Mobile World Congress Barcelona this week, we will emphasize our networking innovation across wired, Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G standards," Jonathan Davidson, senior vice president and general manager, Service Provider Business at Cisco, wrote in a statement. "Cisco is focused on providing our customers with networking insights and assurance, as well as consistent quality of experience and security policies from enterprise to service provider domains."
F5 Networks is expanding its Carrier Grade NAT (CGNAT) capabilities with a new platform to help carriers prepare for 5G demand. The CGNAT solution includes the F5 VNF (Virtual Network Functions) Manager, and enables carriers to migrate to IPv6 addresses while still providing interoperability for IPv4.
"After years of preparing for 5G, we’re seeing progress as telecoms and service providers begin to implement the infrastructure to make its promise a reality,” said James Feger, Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider at F5.
HPE is bringing its new Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System to MWC, showing off a compute platform that is well suited to 5G deployments.
The Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System is all about enabling carriers to handle compute needs at the edge of the network, while maintaining connectivity over 5G links.
"The HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge System delivers the capabilities of closed proprietary systems and more, but on an open-standards platform, combined with proven data-center class IT," Dr. Tom Bradicich, Vice President and General Manager, Converged Servers, Edge and IoT Systems at HPE, wrote in a statement.
Intel is using MWC 19 as an opportunity to highlight its core silicon innovations for 5G. Among them is the Snow Ridge 10nm system-on-chip (SoC) that is now being used by Ericsson in its 5G base stations.
Intel also launched its new FPGA Programmable Acceleration Card N3000 for 5G virtualized network functions.
"As the cloud fuels the network to transform and computing at the edge drives innovation, the opportunity for 5G becomes limitless," Sandra Rivera, Intel senior vice president and general manager of the Network Platforms Group, stated. "Intel is delivering new products and innovation to propel the adoption of 5G and empower our customers and partners to grow their businesses."
Juniper Networks is highlighting its technologies and partnerships with hardware vendors, including Ericsson, as well as operators, including Telefonica, toward 5G deployments.
A core element of Juniper's 5G push is its MX 5G router portfolio, as well as its 400 GbE connectivity that helps to handle the massive backhaul traffic demands of 5G.
"To prepare for this 5G-led explosion of bandwidth and devices, providers will need to transform their infrastructure, operations and service delivery to capitalize on the opportunities," Rami Rahim, Chief Executive Officer at Juniper Networks, wrote in a media advisory. "For this, service providers require a secure, automated and cloud-native architecture capable of delivering diverse services in a cost-effective and agile way.”
Marvell is showcasing several 5G silicon infrastructure solutions at MWC 19. Among them is the OCTEON Fusion-M radio access SoC.
Marvell is also aiming to help backhaul transport across base stations with the Multi-core OCTEON processor and Marvell Prestera switches.
"As an innovator in merchant silicon base station solutions, Marvell is well-positioned to capitalize on 5G infrastructure deployments given the demonstrated strength of their existing portfolio coupled with their latest more highly integrated product launches," Caroline Gabriel, research director and co-founder, Rethink Technology Research, wrote in a statement.
Nokia has also been busy expanding its portfolio for 5G. Among the new innovations that Nokia announced is the launch of the Fixed Wireless Access FastMile 5G Gateway. The new gateway is intended to help operators upgrade existing 4G/LTE networks to accelerated 5G deployments.
Nokia also announced enhancements to its packet core and radio access network platforms for 5G deployments.
"5G is a truly transformational technology that will improve people's lives, increase productivity and efficiency and enhance the sustainability of our planet," Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri stated.
Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.