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Mobile World Congress 2022: 5 Major Telecom, 5G Announcements

Gina Narcisi

Mobile edge, open RAN, 5G and private 5G networking were the big topics that service providers and IT vendors alike had on the brain at MWC 2022.

New Telecom Order

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 was back in-person in Barcelona this year, and wireless providers and IT vendors came armed with plenty of telecom-focused offerings that are harnessing some of the most cutting-edge and exciting technologies, such as cloud, edge computing and 5G.

Another big focus on the minds of the vendors in attendance? Open RAN. Radio access networks (RAN) connect telecom base stations to endpoints like smartphones. The concept of open RAN is a call for an industry standard around gear used in RANs. Without open RAN, wireless equipment vendors can make RAN hardware that may not interoperate with other vendors’ gear.

The cons to non- open RAN are vendor lock-in. The pros to open RAN, however, could be less expensive 5G deployments, which could translate into more widespread next-generation connectivity in more places. Another big trend at MWC Barcelona was private 5G. Now that 5G is being deployed around the world as fast as the telecoms can roll out their footprints, 5G has finally become a connectivity reality for businesses large and small.

With so many vendors at Mobile World Congress that have their sights set on taking telecom to the next level, here‘s a sampling of five major 5G and telecom-related announcements that came out of the show.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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