BICS is in Barcelona! We’re back at MWC showcasing our extensive suite of solutions, and meeting with customers and prospects to discuss how they can differentiate their voice, data, messaging, roaming, security, analytics, IoT deployment or virtual network offerings.
We’re also meeting with journalists and analysts to discuss the trends of today, and predicting the future of the industry. Our spokespeople have already met with representatives from numerous media titles and analyst houses, and even appeared on camera for an interview with Mobile World Live, an online communications hub for the global mobile industry.
We’ve been welcoming visitors to our stand (E40, Hall 2) to see demos of our latest solution launch – an IoT application built on Amazon Web Services to automatically on-board devices wherever they are in the world. Finally, we’ll be discussing the latest developments in mobile/digital identity and user verification, which are a crucial part of connecting and protecting online experiences. Our expertise in this area have been strengthened thanks to BICS’ acquisition of, the CPaaS specialists, TeleSign, in 2017.
From mobile connectivity to global connectivity
It’s been a busy week for BICS, and for the whole telecoms industry too of course, with press releases, news, and views coming thick and fast from Barcelona, MWC’s host city. Handsets have made a big return this year (foldable phones from Samsung and Huawei, and 5G from OnePlus and LG, for example), but there are three words which have come up again and again in BICS’ briefings with media and analysts, as well as our team’s conversations more widely at the event: Internet of Things.
Yes, we’ve seen some impressive mobile handset launches at MWC this year, but there was a time when mobile was pretty much the only focus of the show. Now, it’s so much more than that, as global connectivity has developed and improved to underpin almost every aspect of our daily lives. Hence, the IoT. The GSMA used the event to unveil findings from its latest industry research, which predicts the number of global IoT connections to triple to 25 billion by 2025, while global IoT revenue will quadruple to $1.1 trillion. That’s a hefty figure – it’s no wonder that IoT connectivity has become such a hot topic – at MWC and in telecoms, as well as around the world and in so many vertical sectors.
A whole world of IoT in one City pavilion
Examples of IoT innovation can be seen throughout the halls of the Fira, but visitors with little time between seminars – or exhibitors with little time between media briefings – can see a world of development handily condensed into a single area. The GSMA’s Innovation City features a 5G platform for disaster and safety management from South Korea’s KT; autonomous fleet control from Turkcell; a cloud VR gaming experience from Huawei; as well as examples of how the GSMA is supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
IoT applications like these wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for ubiquitous, reliable, always-on, global connectivity. Use cases like autonomous fleet management, for example, will be dependent on IoT roaming. In addition, device (or fleet) management will no longer be the remit solely of traditional operators or MVNOs – they’ll become the responsibility of fleet managers and enterprises in a growing number of vertical industries.
Collaboration and connectivity
Visitors to BICS’ stand at MWC will be able to see the years of technological development and collaborations we’ve achieved in order to enable this crucial industry shift. We offer seamless cross-border and ubiquitous connectivity with our multi-network across more than 200 countries. Our turnkey global IoT connectivity solutions have been created for both enterprises and operators, allowing all parties to benefit from that predicted IoT revenue in the coming years! Finally, our exciting AWS news is evidence of our continued innovation in the IoT space – so come to see us in Barcelona, to learn for yourself how we’re enabling connectivity on a global scale.