Mobile World Congress Barcelona: 2024 highlights and trends

Mobile World Congress Barcelona: 2024 highlights and trends

Our teams have returned after spending three days at Mobile World Congress  last week. As usual, it provided a big dose of inspiration and showcased innovations leading the charge in creating more disruptive, efficient and sustainable connectivity solutions.

Whether in hardware or software, every year MWC Barcelona serves as a launching pad for the technologies that will shape the ways in which we communicate, exchange and access information, and entertain ourselves.

TECNO Dynamic 1 robot dog
Introduction to Dynamic 1 robot dogs by TECNO – © 2024 GSMA / MWC

Among this year’s big announcements were Motorola’s wrist-wrap phone, Humane’s pinshaped phone  attached to clothes or other surfaces, and Lenovo’s fully transparent laptop screen, to name just a few.

Mobile World Congress is also an opportunity to immerse ourselves in the vast field of possibilities offered by artificial intelligence (AI), 5G and future generations of mobile technologies (6G), notably through the presentation of dog robots (TECNO) or of future flying vehicles.

Mobile World Congress Barcelona is clearly a must-attend event for all telecommunications professionals and enthusiasts keen to get a taste of tomorrow’s connected world. So of course we were there, too!

Discover the innovations and major trends that marked this 2024 edition

Spotlight on the emergence of 5G private networks at Mobile World Congress

How can we talk about Industry 5.0 without mentioning the emergence of 5G private networks?

Offering greater security than public or traditional wireless networks, these have already been adopted by many businesses and industries.

Indeed, benefiting from the performance of 5G, via a network specifically adapted to the constraints and requirements of their environment and business uses, setting up private 5G networks is proving invaluable for enjoying optimal connectivity.

5G is now a mature technology being deployed all over the world. And one of this year’s MWC’s major trends is specifically about private networks and 5G for industry needs and use cases to connect the industry to net-zero objectives.” Aurélien Seugnet, VP Sales Telecom, Siradel. (Full interview here)

This is an essential criterion for businesses and industries that are today turning to “all-in-one” solutions enabling them to optimize their network while minimizing costs and their carbon footprint in a constantly evolving economic, technological and environmental context.

Industry 4.0/5.0: MWC paving the way to more connected, efficient and resilient industries!

In addition to the race to process automation that marked the rise of Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0 adds an environmental and human dimension that is revolutionizing not only the way industrial sites operate, but also the way industry as a whole is  designed .

Industry 4.0/5.0 leading the way to more connected industries

Tomorrow, people will be connected. Machines will be connected. […] It means rethinking the industrial world in the broadest sense, so that humans and machines work together in a more human-centered spirit. […] All this while aiming for more sustainable, more resilient business models to face the climate challenges that lie ahead.” Julien Stéphan – SVP Telecom and Industry 4.0, Siradel. (Full interview here)

A new generation of industries is underway. Industries where operational performance rhymes with environmental performance and profitability, and where AI has not finished paving the way for new industrial perspectives and prowess.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere!

Enhanced connectivity powered by AI

ChatBots that accompany you as you browse through numerous e-commerce sites to the latest connected vacuum cleaner, AI is everywhere!

AI is now one of the bases of the new trends and technologies of the future. We cannot survive without AI. AI will be everywhere.” Carlos Faouzi Barder – Telecom Director at Technology Innovation Institute, TII. (Full interview here)

A key element in the digital transformation of our communities, businesses and industries alike, its fields of application are vast, and for many still unexplored.

Whether it’s simplifying tasks, automating processes or improving the quality of customer experience, artificial intelligence continues to surprise us and drive progress in every field, from industry to retail and entertainment.

It’s no surprise, then, to find AI at the heart of future mobile technologies, including 6G – which was already a key topic of discussion in the hallways of this year’s MWC.

After 5G, 6G in focus at Mobile World Congress 2024

Having just been the subject of an international agreement for its development and standardization, 6G is already shaping up to be a fascinating field for experimentation and innovation!

With its predecessor, 5G – still being rolled out – having already proven its worth in terms of latency and throughput, 6G will deliver even more impressive performance, particularly in terms of capacity and immediacy.

Pushing back the frontiers of today’s performance and uses, notably in connected objects, energy (smart grids) and mobility, 6G is also destined to further reduce the boundaries between the human, physical and digital worlds.

Flying vehicles - the future of mobility
The future of mobility with flying vehicles at MWC 2024 – © 2024 GSMA / MWC

Although its deployment is still several years away, 6G will of course have to meet the security and reliability challenges inherent in the deployment of any new technology, while at the same time responding to the global challenge of decarbonization.

Sustainability and carbon neutrality at the heart of future connectivity

In today’s context, where the number of users and data exchanged is unlikely to decrease, telecoms need to integrate sustainability parameters into their expansion and deployment strategies to mitigate climate change effects.

A commitment made in 2020 by Information and Communications Technology (ICT) players, with the conduction of the first scientific study aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the telecommunications sector, thus fostering the development of more sustainable networks.

GSMA, Mobile World Congress’s organizing body, is also at the forefront of this change, through its commitment to accelerating the mobile industry’s transition towards carbon neutrality, in line with the Paris Agreement (Objective Zero Carbon by 2050!).

Specifically, this means adapting infrastructures, adopting renewable energies and optimizing resources to meet the challenges of decarbonization and energy efficiency.

These issues also apply to the concerns and objectives of the industrial sector, which is in the throes of digitalization.


After returning from Mobile World Congress Barcelona, our minds are still buzzing from  its energy and the innovations that marked this year’s event!

This year’s edition of  MWC once again delivered on its promises, paving the way for technologies that will revolutionize our uses and reshuffle the deck in terms of accessibility, interaction, services and user experience.

And while the issues faced by telecommunications players are numerous and evolving in step with current climate and energy challenges, the avenues for development and experimentation to meet them – greatly boosted by the capabilities and applications of AI – are just as vast and promising.

Experts in radio propagation and planning for over 30 years, Siradel develops solutions to help you achieve your connectivity and digital transformation goals.

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And stay tuned! We’ll be bringing you more of the fascinating discussions we shared at the show very soon!

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