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This guide sets out the main themes that Ovum expects to see at MWC 2018. Our short list is based on our own research, supplemented with interviews with vendors and service providers that are attending the event.


  • In this report, we highlight the companies we expect to make the most significant announcements before and during the event and we review our 2017 predictions to provide additional context.
  • Some of our themes have rolled over from last year – not surprisingly, 5G and IoT were highlighted by all of the vendors and service providers we interviewed. With a standard now in place for 5G, all vendors will be showcasing their new wares, although with markedly different approaches to positioning the technology.
  • From the keynote speaker lineup, you can expect to see a new brand launched, new internet player partnerships, and, of course, 4G-to-5G migration roadmaps and IoT use cases.

Features and Benefits

  • Identifies the key announcements we expect from MWC 2018.
  • Includes a review our 2017 predictions to provide additional context.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key trends at this year's MWC conference?
  • What companies will make the most significant announcements at MWC 2018?

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