AMTA CEO – Posts from MWC 2019

AMTA’s CEO, Chris Althaus attended the Mobile World Congress (2019) in Barcelona and posted his takeaways from the event:

MWC-19 Day1

Excellent keynote address from Dieter Zetsche, Chairman Mercedes Benz and Satya Nadella CEO, Microsoft. In a 5G world an important focus is on B2B partnerships and the need for integration of mobile and data solutions deep within the customer’s business. In this session Zetsche and Nadella discussed their experiences with business transformation including reference to the partnership between their respective companies. This session like many on day one at Congress highlighted the pervasiveness of connectivity and the quest for building intelligence into data management across a diverse range of verticals – with mobility and the 4G/5G ecosystem a dominant feature.

MWC-19 Day 2

Excellent keynotes from Jessica Rosenworcel (Federal Communications Commissioner USA), Mustafa Jabber (Minister for Telecommunications and ICT Bangladesh) and Chris Sanger (Global Head of Tax Policy EY) followed by a panel discussing the importance of fit-for-purpose policy settings for mobile infrastructure. The key point being that mobile and broadband are increasingly regarded as general purpose technologies – with a key role in how economies and societies function at all levels. To support this reality government must be vigilant with infrastructure policy settings that keep up and facilitate access to the mobile ecosystem as it evolves. While there are many nuances in the debate surrounding the focus of a fit-for-purpose mobile infrastructure policy – the fundamentals revolve around two primary issues; timely access to the right spectrum and efficient regulation supporting network deployment. In the 5G context the session highlighted the need to maintain clarity on the main goal – to create a policy environment that supports the far-reaching ‘enabling’ impact and value of mobile services and applications in terms of productivity and connectivity.  Yes there are many agendas along the way that need to be accounted for – such as governments’ appetite for spectrum revenue and any community concerns with the presence of physical networks – but if the opportunities arising from 5G now and in the future are to be maximised infrastructure policy must be dynamic and fit for this purpose.