It was a sunny day in Barcelona as people flooded through the doors of Fira Montjuïc for the first day of MWC 2012. As well as the big announcements like Nokia’s 41MP cameraphone and Android’s impressive array of new phones, talk of small cells was buzzing around the show, not only at Ubi HQ but on other stands including NEC and during talks such as Caroline Chan’s from Intel.
What We’ve Been Hearing about Small Cells
It’s been a great year for small cells at MWC. We’ve been hearing a lot of positives from operators, with their confidence in small cell solutions higher than ever.
A lot of conversation here has echoed what we’ve been hearing from the industry at large. In particular, we’re hearing the word femtocell being used less and less, with the focus switching to small cells as the accepted term.
We’ve also seen some really interesting news from the small cell industry about the latest developments and products, particularly from the Small Cell Forum stand, which has hosted a series of talk throughout the day.
Latest Announcements from the Ubi Stand
The Ubiquisys stand is in a great spot this year, right near the front entrance, and from the outset we enjoyed a steady stream of interest from passing delegates, as well as all the planned meetings. As is always the way with new tech, some of the demos didn’t work as smoothly as hoped, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm about the exciting technologies on display.
Our latest collaboration with Intel, the smart cell, has been turning a lot of heads, due to the innovative computing platform placed directly within a small cell. We demonstrated the ability of this new device to dynamically cache content, which takes pressure off the backhaul.
Intel is just as excited as we are about this new technology. Monday’s Small Cell Forum talk from Caroline Chan at Intel featured some discussion of our strategic collaboration and a video showcasing some of the newest products to emerge from this.
We’ve also seen a lot of interest in enterprise and outdoor small cells. This has been really positive and it’s great that Ubiquisys is being recognised for the full breadth of our small cell offerings, not just for our heritage in residential small cells and femtocells.
MWC 2012 Highlights
There have been many stands generating a lot of buzz at this year’s MWC 2012. We can’t list them all here, but here’s a breakdown of some of the best.
This was where all the fun was happening and loads of people gathered around to play with all the cool toys. Apps were demoed on interactive screens, including FourSquare and Netflix. There was also a slide (why not?) which took your photo as you came flying down it! To top it all off, free robot shaped biscuits were being handed out (we didn’t get one).
This big, futuristic looking stand had a few fun interactive things, alongside the normal product demos. The most popular bit was the DJ booth, where you could make sounds by moving blocks around a responsive screen.
In the afternoon you could see a live webcast of the Intel news conference, which focused on their new mobile tech. One of the most exciting announcements was about Intel computing coming to smartphones – claimed to be the fastest ever device performance, but without compromising battery life.
This huge stand was devoted to Wireless Broadband Solutions, including Residential, Enterprise and Outdoor Femtocells, LTE Small Cell and Mobile Backhaul info. A rep on the stand told us they were giving a lot of attention to small cells this year and that visitors to the stand have mostly been interested in the LTE Small Cell all-in-One NodeB.
That’s all from day one here at MWC 2012. Check back here tomorrow for the biggest developments from day two of the event, take a look at our MWC Flickr album for more photos, and follow us on Twitter for live updates and all the latest news!