In just a few days’ time the BICS team will be Barcelona-bound, as we return to Mobile World Congress on February 27th. Despite our long history of attendance, no two years are the same. The past 12 months have seen a whirlwind of M&A activity, the emergence of new mobile services and digital experiences, the increasingly global adoption of 4G LTE, and continued maturation of the IoT. All of these factors will influence discussion and announcements at the show this year, and we can’t wait to be part of it.
A delegation of BICS product managers and experts will once again be travelling from our offices in Brussels, Dubai, South Africa, San Francisco or New York to staff our stand at MWC and provide a point of contact for our customers, old and new. The GSMA has identified seven overarching themes for the 2017 event; connected consumers, entertainment, sustainable development goals, the fourth industrial revolution, the pervasive network, ecosystem enablers, and disruption. We’re looking forward to meeting with attendees at the show to discuss how our wide range of solutions – covering voice, messaging, data and connectivity, business intelligence and analytics, fraud and authentication, roaming, global IoT and asset monetisation – can help support development and growth in these areas.
Take ‘connected customers’ for example. The way users are interacting with the digital environment is changing, and while voice is still a major revenue stream for MNOs, mobile is now diversifying with companies offering new digital experiences and richer services, tailored to users. Mobile has evolved and now encompasses things like chat-bots, messaging apps and digital services. BICS is well placed to support this new digital environment, providing the connectivity tools and authentication MVNOs and digital service providers require in order to deliver and capitalise on new services.
Another focus for MWC this year will be NEXTech in Hall 8.0, newly launched for 2017. The pavilion promises a showcase of pioneering tech trends and will host industry players at the forefront of the likes of the IoT, robotics, AI, VR and AR. Next week we’ll see an IoT presence at MWC like never before, as more industries are realising the potential of mobile to provide the connectivity and infrastructure underpinning the IoT ecosystem. A diverse range of sectors – and automotive in particular – are now looking at how best to integrate connected devices into their business, and as such we can expect to see the latest in mobile-centric smart tech at the show.
In line with these developments, BICS has developed global IoT connectivity solutions to support the growth in the IoT and enable companies to adopt, control and monetise connected devices. Our M2M in-the-Cloud solution allows operators and MVNOs to easily launch and run M2M communications platforms based on a virtualised core network in the cloud. We also offer a SIM for Things solution which offers an API-based pay-as-you-grow model. We’ll definitely be exploring the new NEXTech zone as well as returning to the IoT Pavilion, and recommend other attendees to do the same. BICS will be available in Hall 2 stand E40, and will be able to provide information and guidance for those looking to integrate the IoT into their business offering.
Consolidation across the industry has helped success over the past 12 months, and we can expect more of the same over the coming year. As with previous years, MWC will present the stage upon which operators, telecoms businesses, cloud communication companies, digital service providers, security experts and more collaborate, form partnerships and exchange and share expertise.
The industry is shifting and the digital revolution has sparked a new era for communication. BICS works to further connect the world and to bridge the gap between traditional telecoms and innovative communications service providers. Mobile World Congress will provide the perfect opportunity to discuss how best to navigate this revolution and plan for a successful future, and we look forward to seeing you there!
An article by Alexandru FILIP, Corporate Communications Manager at BICS