MWC17: the highlights

Every year tech companies, journalists and leaders go to Mobile World Congres in Barcelona. The latest show witnessed surprise comebacks from Nokia and BlackBerry, as well as 5G, smart cities and artificial intelligence.


Nokia used to be the world’s biggest phone manufacturer, but was overtaken by Apple and Google, and eventually stopped making them. A company called HMD Global bought the rights to make Nokia phones and decided to bring out a new version of the legendary Nokia 3310, with connected features.

BlackBerry was also at the show this year. It stopped making handsets and turned to software, but released an Android handset at MWC17. While the product announcements were exciting, they’re unlikely to challenge the dominance of Apple, Google and Samsung.

5G and smart cities

We’ve covered 5G on the JAG site before. It’s got the potential to change the way we live, powering a whole new era of connected vehicles, and ushering in an age of near-instant downloads, even if it’s a whole film or music video.

5G was a big theme at MWC this year. The eluminocity concept, which showed how street lighting could be connected and more environmentally-friendly, was a highlight. Intel also featured a connected car, smart home, and AR headset as part of its demo, illustrating how 5G will link up all of them.

To find out more, read our post on the main Gemalto blog.

Artificial Intelligence

There were also a couple of major announcements in artificial intelligence field. O2 revealed it would be using the technology to help deal with customer queries, while Samsung unveiled a similar innovation designed to train staff.

Read more about MWC on our main blog here. Let us know your favorite innovations in the comment section below.