California hosts mobile technology conference

Sept. 15, 2017
by Mark Ollig

An estimated 40,000 people attended this week’s Mobile World Conference Americas (MWCA) program at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

“The Tech Element” was this year’s theme.

MWCA keynote speeches were given by leaders in the mobile and computing industry.

Ajit V. Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gave an address to the conference attendees.

Improving mobile broadband internet access availability and enhancing mobile internet deployment were two topics he addressed.

Pai stated there are efforts underway to bridge the mobile digital divide; including an initiative called Mobility Fund Phase I, which provides $4.5 billion in federal government funding assistance.

Low-, mid-, and high-band mobile radio spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use is to be made available by the end of the year, he said.

The FCC currently defines fixed-broadband internet data download speed at a minimum of 25Mbps, and uploading of data at 3Mbps.

A mobile-broadband internet speed has not been established; however, 5 and 10Mbps has been discussed as possible minimum mobile internet download speeds by the FCC in Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act report, recently given to Congress.

Pai said he wants “to make sure the US continues to lead in 5G, and to enable wireless consumers to benefit from these technologies sooner rather than later.”

Personally, I look for a 5G LTE industry standard in late 2019, with the service becoming available to the public in 2020.

It was acknowledged nearly 5 billion people worldwide, including 700 million in the northern and southern American hemispheres, are using some form of mobile communications.

Mobile wireless technology and high-tech mobile devices were being exhibited throughout the nearly 300,000-square-foot Moscone Center, by some 1,100 venders.

Contributing to the growing wireless “cloud ecosystem,” Nokia discussed Cloud RAN (radio access networking), one of its cloud-based technologies.

The Smart City panel talk for using mobile solutions to improve accessibility to public services was just one of many MWCA dialogues taking place.

At the Moscone West venue, Microsoft headed a mobile-enabling conference.

The M-Enabling Forum conference highlighted technological improvements empowering seniors and persons with disabilities, improved access to mobile digital technology, and the content, and services offered by city government organizations.

Improvements consist of better-quality mobile connections, and easier-to-use apps (software applications) on mobile devices.

The use of advanced mobile technologies for quickly connecting those in need to online assistance is essential.

MWCA’s Woman4Tech conference addressed the need to reduce the gender gap existing within the mobile industry.

Discussion involved mentoring youth in career development, and addressing women entrepreneurs and visionaries.

Woman4Tech also spoke of ways in which to strengthen the overall “mobile ecosystem” by means of gender equality.

Other conference topics covered artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, content and media, and innovative mobile technology.

As we all know, the IoT (Internet of Things), and the high-tech wireless sensors embedded within mobile devices, are generating massive amounts of information about what we buy, where we travel, and much more.

Information gleaned from IoT sensors is shaping an overall illustration of our personal and professional lifestyles.

We have a right to be concerned about whose eyes are accessing this information, and for the exact purpose it is being used.

Controversy exists on whether outside entities should be recording, selling, or providing others information about our lifestyle without us being aware of it.

What are they doing with all our information?

Of course, IoT information is analyzed and used by companies to entice (target) us to purchase the products and services we have been systematically deemed to have a need or desire for.

Sensors in our smart mobile and wearable medical/fitness devices can track how fast we drive our cars on the road, our buying habits, what businesses we patronage, where we ate lunch, and who we called or texted.

Medical sensors track our blood pressure, heart rate, calories burned, and even the number of hours we sleep.

When one thinks about it, the IoT is essentially morphing into the internet of you and me.

Yours truly did find the “word cloud” tag collection on the MWCA website somewhat revealing.

The word cloud showed the most frequently searched technology and subject words/terms regarding this year’s MWCA event:

• App/Software Development.

• Connected Living – Smart Cities.

• IoT.

• Big Data & Analytics.

• Devices.

• Gaming/Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality.

• Location Based Services.

• Media/Content/Entertainment.

• Information Technology.

• User Experience.

• Marketing/Advertising.

• 5G.

MWCA’s website is https://www.mwcamericas.com. Its Twitter hashtag for this year’s conference is #MWCA17.

MCWA 2018 will take place in Los Angeles, CA.

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