LOS ANGELES – The new 5G mobile technology became the main focus of debates and conversations at the Mobile World Congress Americas (MWC Americas), which kicked off Wednesday in Los Angeles and will be held for three days, gathering major companies of the sector from around the world.
Under the slogan “Imagine a better future,” MWC Americas celebrated its second edition this year at the Los Angeles Convention Center, after debuting in San Francisco in 2017. With its move to Los Angeles, the event hopes to deepen a convergence between the mobile and entertainment industries.
Around 1,000 companies participate in the MWC Americas, organized by GSMA and CTIA, two associations representing the world’s leading mobile operators, which together with a similar but smaller-scale event in Shanghai is a smaller-scale replica of the Mobile World Congress, the sector’s major annual event held in Barcelona since 2006.
The Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday welcomed sector giants such as Samsung, T-Mobile, Verizon and Microsoft, although many of its attendees also followed, via internet, the announcement of Apple’s new iPhone hundreds of kilometers away.
GSMA president Sunil Bharti Mittal said during the opening conference of the event that the possibilities of 5G “are immense.”
“I would say that the world should adopt 5G as fast as it can,” Mittal added, who also said that today’s technology cycles are shorter and novelties are soon surpassed by other products and technologies which are even better.
According to GSMA predictions, there will be 1.3 billion mobile users connected to 5G worldwide by 2025.