The Orion team had an exciting and productive week at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. We met with mobile operators, device manufacturers, infrastructure providers, innovative service companies, industry analysts and the media.
More than 110,000 mobile industry thought-leaders attended, bringing together the latest innovations and cutting-edge technology from more than 2,400 of the world’s leading companies. We showcased our connected voice platform and portfolio of push-to-talk devices including the award-winning Orion Sync™, highlighting its next-generation Orion Push to Talk (PTT) service which allows for the incorporation of AI-powered Voice Bots, workflows, and integrations. Sequans also had Orion Sync on display at their booth. In addition, Whitey Bluestein, Head of Corporate Development spoke on Guidepoint’s “Industry 4.0” panel to discuss 5G, AI, IoT and Robotics alongside technology analyst Avi Greengart.
Throughout the conference, the topic of 5G dominated the show floor, keynotes, and overall buzz. The discussion of 5G use cases, the introduction of several new 5G handsets and actual deployments (in US and Korea, with many more countries to follow) made 5G tangible. Many speakers focused on the enterprise market, which dovetails nicely with Orion’s Connected Voice Platform and services.
Key themes emerging from #MWC19:
Public safety was profiled in multiple presentations and uses cases. Samsung showcased its new ruggedized smartphone for the public safety market, the PS LTE with dedicated PTT and panic buttons. The emergence of these features in the mainstream highlighted the need for emergency response workflows like those Orion already offers in public safety and enterprise verticals like hospitality. Samsung also announced enhanced public safety integrations to its DeX platform.
Private LTE and CBRS spectrum incorporating PTT were profiled for both public safety and enterprise applications. Ericsson and Samsung overviewed private onsite LTE solutions that could be deployed in the case of an emergency, to support large events, or for enterprise applications in remote areas – construction and mining.
Devices – multiple devices were introduced that supported 5G. Samsung announced the S10 5G, a business-oriented smartphone that supports multiple 5G bands including the 3.5, 26 and 28 GHz bands. Several people commented that this was the first time in the evolution of mobile that new devices were being released ahead of the network.
Other 5G use cases that were showcased included smart cities, global IoT device support, AR/VR, telemedicine, and autonomous vehicles. Edge computing to support the low latency 5G applications was a key topic of discussion too.
Activity off the show floor and behind the scenes
All the action was not limited to the show floor. We attended the 8th Mobile IoT Summit on Sunday, connecting with many friends, analysts, partners, and participants — Sequans, Verizon, and AT&T participated alongside Orion in the IoT Summit, as well as other partners.
In the evenings, the tapas bars were jammed with conference participants, and lots of lively more casual conversations took place. In just one evening, Orion reps Mark Schultz and Whitey Bluestein met with the founders of Frog Design; the Head of Wholesale for UK and Europe for Three UK, and the Stanford prof who heads up the Google Pixel team (who won the GSMA Disruptor Award this year).
It was an exciting week for the Orion team. Mobile World Congress was further affirmation that the Orion connected voice platform supports the needs of enterprises today and fits squarely in the 5G world of the future. We look forward to working with our global partners to make it happen.