This year’s MWC Barcelona event was an important gathering place for the mobile industry, playing host to an interesting dialogue about the future of mobile connectivity. Of course, 5G was the focus of MWC, but a few other topics managed to be part of the overall mobile discussion—WiFi in particular managed to shine through the deluge of 5G announcements. Service providers like AT&T, manufacturer Samsung, network vendors Cisco and Nokia, and Internet giants Facebook and Google all made notable WiFi announcements highlighting not only their own WiFi activity but continuity of the larger WiFi ecosystem. This research note provides a summary of some of the announcements and discussions we had related to WiFi and how it relates to network and service evolution in the 5G era. Clients, please log in to view the full content.
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Research Analyst II, Mobile and Telecoms
Abel Nevarez specializes in mobile network infrastructure trends and activity, focusing on key areas such as telecom operator networks, carrier Wi-Fi, and mobile backhaul. In his role, he provides timely guidance and information on strategies relating to service provider network technology strategies while also monitoring developments across the mobile landscape.
Since joining the company in 2012, Abel has published a variety of insight, market tracker, and strategy reports on a broad array of subjects, including operator services in carrier Wi-Fi, mobile backhaul, and overall network infrastructure. At IMS Research, Abel was part of the consumer electronics team as well as the machine-to-machine (M2M) and connected devices group.
Abel holds an M.A. in communication studies from the University of Texas and a B.A. in communication from St Edwardâ€™s University at Austin, Texas, where he is also based.
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