When U.S. operators start bonding together their LTE networks later this year, the Galaxy S5 will be one of the first devices in the market that can tap into their increased network speeds.
AT&T is taking the first steps toward transforming its network into a data center. It’s not touching the cellular network — at least not yet — but it will start virtualizing its mobile core and application infrastructure.
With voice, cloud-SMS provider Nexmo is moving in on its larger rival Twilio’s turf. Meanwhile Twilio is growing its messaging business globally and targeting the enterprise.
In what had to be the strangest event at Mobile World Congress, EU digital chief Neelie Kroes expounded on the need for 5G technologies that no one has actually defined yet.
At Mobile World Congress Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg argued that carriers need to start subsidizing baseline mobile data services in the developing world to encourage people to use the internet.
Intel is seeking to make its processors a key component of mobile networks, and its influence is starting to be felt. At Mobile World Congress, Intel revealed its working with numerous carriers and equipment makers.
At Mobile World Congress, Intel introduced its first 64-bit processor in its next-generation Merrifield chip. It also bulked up its LTE modem capabilities and revealed expanded deals with Asus and Lenovo.
Qualcomm is gradually bringing its new 64-bit computing architecture to flagship smartphones and tablets, but Qualcomm did pack a bonus into its new Snapdragon 615: it’s first octa-core CPU.
At Mobile World Congress, Wilocity unveiled its first WiGig chip for smartphones, promising connection speeds of 4.6 Gbps on local-area networks. Don’t expect a rash of WiGig-powered phones this year though.
MasterCard wants to embed its payments service into mobile apps, and it’s doing with the acquisition of mobile payments partner C-SAM and a new developer program.