5G, NFV, IoT and More: News from MWC 2018

The ability to quickly and efficiently build and launch new services will be crucial to virtually every business’s success in the future. At Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, VMware showcased a number of strategies to help cloud service providers (CSPs) transform their businesses while creating agile and open Telco distributed clouds, and promoting 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Charting a Course to 5G
CSPs are preparing for the imminent 5G world, where the ability to quickly build and launch new services will be critical for success. With VMware, customers can create new revenue streams, drive down costs, and improve customer retention and satisfaction.

“CSPs must deliver new and differentiated services faster in an on-demand model to assist them today, as well as for the 5G future. This will require a transition to a cloud-centric virtualized infrastructure and service delivery model that is agile, automated, open, and software-defined,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president and general manager, Telco Group at VMware.

Read more: VMware Enables Communications Service Providers To Chart Their Course To 5G

Creating and Monetizing High-Performance, Agile and Open Telco Distributed Clouds
By becoming agile service providers, CSPs can create new revenue streams, open new industry opportunities, drive down costs, and improve overall customer satisfaction. Through comprehensive real-world demonstrations at MWC, VMware showed how CSPs can adopt and immediately begin to monetize VMware’s growing telco software and Cloud Services portfolio.

Read more: VMware Helps Communications Service Providers Create and Monetize High-Performance, Agile, and Open Telco Distributed Clouds

Extending IoT Strategy with New Edge Computing Solutions
Also at MWC, VMware unveiled the next chapter of its IoT strategy which will focus on delivering new edge computing solutions for specific use cases including Asset Management and Smart Surveillance. These edge solutions will feature VMware vSAN hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) software, VMware vSphere and VMware Pulse IoT Center, and will be developed in collaboration with industry-leading partners including Axis Communications and Wipro Limited, among others.

VMware sees unique requirements and environments at the edge and will address them through use case specific solutions spanning:

  • Industrial remote IoT use cases such as oil well optimization, utility grids, and smart city use cases where the things reside in ruggedized, disparate, outdoor and often times, remote locations with inconsistent network and power;
  • Factory and plants in support of closed networks, ruggedized indoor environments; and,
  • Branches and in-stores in support of unique space and power requirements and coordinated across many stores.

Read more: VMware Extends Internet of Things Strategy with New Edge Computing Solutions

Integrated Solutions for Connected Car and IoT
Lastly, Affirmed Networks announced that along with Globetouch, the company has deployed the Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud and VMware vCloud NFV platform for its mobile core network. Together, Affirmed Networks and VMware provide an open, flexible virtualized network that allows Globetouch to efficiently deliver connected car IoT services.

Read more: Affirmed Networks and VMware Deliver Integrated Solution to Drive Globetouch’s Connected Car and IoT Service Offerings