A Salcomp team visited snow-swept Barcelona last week and attended the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest trade show for the mobile industry. Even if the event comes and goes in the blink of an eye, Barcelona offers a unique opportunity to meet many of our existing customers, initiate discussions with potential new customers as well as experience the most exciting connected device innovations in 2018.

 

Mobile World Congress 2018 looked ahead up and coming trends and especially the deployment and impacts of 5G networks. The next generation wireless 5G network is capable of delivering data speeds up to 50-100 faster than what we have today with 4G. In practice, for example, consumers will be able to watch high-quality video wherever and with whatever device they have. Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei announced significant deployments for 5G over the coming years. Next year will be the initial implementation year with a few public experiments and year 2022 is a realistic timeline of when the relevant infrastructure will be in place for larger audiences.

 

From Salcomp’s perspective, it is always interesting to witness our customers’ new device launches in Barcelona. Samsung presented its Galaxy S9 and was a clear winner at this year’s congress. The top vendor’s release centered on camera which delivers improved low-light images and supports super slow motion videos. Foxconn HMD was also keen to keep up the momentum and unveiled five new phones ranging from Nokia 8110, a nostalgic “banana phone” with a few social media apps added to the mix, to the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco. Vivo Apex was also a hyped phone at the show as it took the all-screen device to the next level.

                

Samsung Galaxy S9                                                        Nokia 8110

 

In addition to 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) was a key theme for MWC. There will be an estimated 100 billion connected devices by 2025. We are entering the era of IoT where all things are connected, all things are intelligent and all things can sense. In Huawei’s presentation, three major growth drivers were highlighted in the Golden Age of the IoT. First, smart city projects are becoming increasingly popular around the globe (e.g. environmental monitoring, smart parking, smart streetlights). Second, smart industry projects are helping companies to improve efficiency, save costs and increase revenue across most industries (e.g. more effective preventive maintenance). Third, people in general desire for better quality of life (e.g. shared bicycles, smart door locks). As I have mentioned in my previous blogs, all the connected devices need a power supply and hence the IoT is a massive opportunity for Salcomp.

 

MWC’s NEXTech Lab was a venue for industry experts to present content. CVP Jarkko Korhonen and CVP Antero Palo presented Salcomp’s view of future power supplies for smart devices. After the presentation the attendees had a chance to see Salcomp’s latest wireless charging products.

Jarkko Korhonen presenting charging technology roadmap in MWC 2018

 

Best regards,

 

Markku Hangasjärvi

President & CEO

Salcomp at Mobile World Congress 2018