Best of Mobile World Congress #MWC19: Automotive 5G, Qualcomm, Ericsson, MB, VW & More

We’ve had a few announcements from Mobile World Congress, mainly about mobile smartphones from LG, Huawei, Nokia and LG. Microsoft announced Holense 2.  What will happening of concern to automotive industry? The big number will be about “5G” and V-2X,

Exhibiting at MWC Barcelona, will beCloudMinds, EY, Ford, Kazakhtelecom, Rakuten, Remade, Royole, Volkswagen and Wings Mobile. Also exhibiting will Accenture, Alibaba Cloud, ARM, AT&T, BMW, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, KT Corporation, Lenovo, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, Nokia Solutions and Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Ooredoo, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm Incorporated, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon, Vodafone, Xiaomi and ZTE.

Continental will make an announcement with HPE.


Qualcomm will demonstrate advanced 5G New Radio (NR) technologies at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2019 to showcase its roadmap and the broad range 5G technology innovations and solutions being applied across new applications and use cases. The live demos will highlight Qualcomm Technologies’ expanded use of enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) beyond smartphones based on 3GPP Release 15 (R15) and showcase new use cases that expand 5G NR to new industries in 3GPP Release 16 and beyond.

To demonstrate the expanded opportunities for 5G eMBB based on 3GPP R15 and beyond, Qualcomm Technologies will show the benefits of deploying 5G NR millimeter wave (mmWave) for indoor use cases, two such examples being private enterprises and high-density venues. This advanced system simulation complements the indoor mmWave OTA test network and highlights the user experiences achieved with indoor mmWave deployments, which are designed to bring high-capacity, multi-Gigabit and low-latency connectivity to smartphones, laptops, and other connected devices.

Another 5G evolution demonstration on display is showcasing how 5G in shared and unlicensed spectrum (NR-U) can be utilized with coordinated multi-point (CoMP) in local private 5G networks to provide higher performance in terms of network capacity, user throughput and reliability. These benefits in shared/unlicensed spectrum are applicable in both single operator deployments as well as in multi-operator deployments, where spatial multiplexing allows multiple deployments to share the same spectrum band simultaneously.


Based on a unique combination of microwave, IP router and integrated optical solutions, our mobile transport solutions deliver the capacity, ultra-low latency and layer 3 capability needed to build, scale and service 5G everywhere. The solution is complemented with best-in-class IP, edge, core and security solutions, along with highly flexible optical transport products from our partners. Automation and seamless orchestration enables service providers to secure their radio performance while reducing complexity. Ericsson Network Manager manages the end-to-end across the radio, transport and core networks – making Ericsson a one-stop shop for all your 4G and 5G needs.

Ericsson introduces a portfolio of 5G-ready transport solutions – purpose-built to deliver ubiquitous 5G and 4G coverage, across dense urban centers, suburban areas and even remote rural spaces. Our scalable, flexible and more cost-efficient fiber- and microwave-based solutions provide superior performance, supporting various RAN architectures, interfaces and transport media. Your transformation journey begins today. Join us in making 5G transport ubiquitous.

Daimler Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz and the cross-Group initiative DigitalLife@Daimler are putting the spotlight on the significance of strategic partnerships for the digital transformation. Across an area spanning 320 square metres, technologies and innovations from various sectors can be experienced: for example the big-data platform eXtollo, which Daimler has developed on the basis of Microsoft Azure, and future mobility solutions for the bus. Also being presented are the CLA Coupé, which is celebrating its European premiere, the new Mercedes-Benz EQC and the new Mercedes-Benz Actros. On 25 February Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars plus Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, will be making a joint appearance.

As we open up strategically to new ideas and ways of working, the importance of new partnerships increases. An example of this is Daimler AG’s cooperation with Microsoft in building up the global big-data platform eXtollo. Behind it is the first cloud-based solution for evaluating large quantities of data on the basis of Microsoft’s cloud and data platform Azure, which meets the car company’s high security requirements. Big-data analyses are used, for example, in vehicle maintenance and development. The new cloud service makes it easier for Daimler employees to exchange data quickly, regardless of their location. The company can control and encrypt access to the data itself.

At the Mobile World Congress Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche will meet with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on 25 February 2019 from 5 p.m. They will talk about new cooperations and the technologies of the future and a corporate culture which is necessary to guide two heavyweights like Microsoft and Daimler successfully through the digital transformation.

he innovations being presented and discussed include the following:

  • DigitalLife Crowd Ideation Platform: on this internal platform Daimler employees can suggest ideas as part of competitions – Challenges – and comment on and assess then and even invest virtual money. More than 115,000 employees have already registered. Now the initiative is entering the next stage and is opening up the platform externally. Transparency, interaction and openness to new partnerships are thus advancing to a new level.
  • Digital travel companion for more road safety: In Barcelona, Daimler Financial Services is for the first time presenting a Proof of Concept for an app which combines behavioural and personal data from a smartphone and wearable with real-time data such as traffic data. As a digital travel companion the app supports the driver with individual recommendations on long car journeys. It is a digital addition to the drowsiness warner ATTENTION ASSIST from Mercedes-Benz, already installed as standard. As an app the service can be used irrespective of the brand and vehicle model.
  • Customer Journey Bus: using selected scenarios from the Innovation Lab Mobility Solutions, Daimler Buses is demonstrating how the travelling experience is set to change for bus passengers. At Mobility Solutions, Daimler Buses is working closely with startups and other partners. At the MWC the Lab is presenting the “Customer Journey” of the future at the MWC by way of example. It begins with smart and flexible planning of the itinerary, continues with immersive-gaming offers during the journey and extends to interactive sightseeing including real-time information on the windows of the bus.

HERE and Continual

Continual, a leading provider of Connected Car and subscriber Mobility Experience Analytics, and HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location services, have partnered to create a pioneering integrated solution for mobile network operators (MNO), designed to continuously monitor and map the connected experience of users on the move across the entire road network. The product also provides the added benefit of performance analysis of different mobile networks.

Under the new collaboration, Continual is embedding HERE Cellular Signals and HERE Traffic Analytics into its Mobility Experience Analytics solution to deliver a range of benefits to MNOs. HERE Cellular Signals is a unique data asset that accurately correlates aggregated information about mobile network performance onto roadways, while HERE Traffic Analytics provides visibility into road traffic patterns. Integrated into Continual’s AI-based analytics, the enriched solution will enable MNOs to better prioritize network tasks to improve the experience of users who are traveling, as well as to enhance the prediction and automation of network changes to mitigate for cells with increased load.//

Rohde & Schwarz C-V2X

Rohde & Schwarz has announced a collaboration with automotive E/E networking specialist Vector on a state-of-the-art cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) application layer test solution. The companies’ integrated test platform, which will be showcased for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, combines the R&S CMW500 network simulator and the R&S SMBV100A/B GNSS simulator operating together with Vector’s CANoe .Car2x, a comprehensive software tool for simulation, development and test of V2X-based Communication Applications.

The automotive industry is evolving toward connected and autonomous vehicles that offer many benefits, such as improved safety, less traffic congestion, reduced environmental impact, and lower capital expenditure. With the trend to equip vehicles with 3GPP Release 14 C-V2X ECUs, peer-to-peer data transfer in ad-hoc networks between vehicles will be realized. All vehicles share location, speed and trajectory, enabling warnings regarding on-road dangers to be shared between drivers. Applications cover use cases such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, data exchange with roadway infrastructure (V2I), and interaction with vulnerable road users such as pedestrians (V2P). Data communication is implemented in the 5.8 GHz and 5.9 GHz intelligent transportation system (ITS) spectrum bands.

Rohde & Schwarz and Vector have announced the successful demonstration of a solution designed to configure and run traffic scenarios to comprehensively test the physical layer 3GPP Rel. 14 up to the application layer of C-V2X ECUs in a lab environment.

Smart Cities Tours

Connectivity can help any Smart City maximize its efficiency. Yet the most forward-thinking leaders have leveraged Smart City investments to help achieve their sustainability goals as well. This next generation of Smart Cities have deployed innovative solutions that serve the “triple bottom line” of people, planet and profit. From intelligent transportation systems to recycling solutions, the examples on this Tour demonstrate how the mobile industry is helping the smartest of cities to make progress on a variety of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).