The Mobile World Congress 2017 was a success, as always. Of course the Internet of Things theme was present and many cases of real use of IoT were discussed. I share here with you 3 trends that I thought relevant this year.

1. IoT Security

Security remains a priority when it comes to IoT, especially with recent IoT DDoS attacks and other high-level violations. A great panel titled “Enabling Security in IoT,” organized by Stuart Carlaw from ABI Research, focused on helping the public understand the full IOT security scenario and what needs to be done to ensure security in their IoT services . If you’d like, take a look at another IoT security article on our blog clicking here.

2. 5G

The industry has been talking about 5G for some time now, and discussions have continued to gain momentum this year with service providers focused on announcing significant advances to 5G and in how they come together to work on 5G standardization. The highlight was for Korea Telecom which has announced that it intends to be the first commercially available 5G network in 2019.

3. Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWANs)

LPWAN technologies like LoRa and Sigfox, without licensing, have been featured in past editions of the MWC. This year the main focus was on licensed technologies, particularly NB-IoT. Highlight for the 3GPP that completed its NB-IoT standardization, and a large number of service providers announced that they intend to support NB-IoT.

LTE-M had a lot of prominence as well, with dozens of service providers announcing their LTE-M availability. Telefonica and Verizon, for example, have confirmed their support for the global deployment of LTE-M.

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