Making Waves at Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2023

Our successful visit to Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona 2023 made one thing clear: private wireless and shared spectrum have truly “arrived” … and nothing can stop our momentum in this space.

Alongside our partners at AWS, we issued key announcements illustrating our accelerating market share in private wireless; appeared on stage to present the benefits of private wireless in numerous industries and use cases; met with our closest partners, analysts, and media contacts; and brought our community together for a unifying celebratory event.

My key takeaway from the MWC? The appetite for private wireless and shared spectrum solutions has never been greater — and industry agrees.

An exploding market

The long-touted value of private wireless was validated by the analyst community at MWC.

Just ahead of the event, ABI Research issued a revised forecast for private 5G that predicted the market would be worth $96 billion by 2030, up from $7 billion in 2023.

AWS deepened its commitment to delivering private 5G, underscoring the market’s momentum. The hyperscaler (and our partner) announced the opening of a new marketplace called Integrated Private Wireless on AWS, which simplifies the process for enterprises to “discover, deploy, and manage private wireless networks.”

The program is designed to provide enterprises with access to managed and validated private wireless offerings from leading communications services providers (CSPs) including T-Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, and Telefónica.

The offerings integrate CSPs’ cellular networks with other AWS services (like the Snow Family of products). Integrated Private Wireless on AWS will also leverage the rich expertise of global AWS Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partners, like Federated Wireless, to speed up the time-to-value for private wireless deployments.

Market-shaping News

We issued some news of our own ahead of and at MWC: a spate of announcements with some of our key partners that demonstrate our accelerating momentum in private wireless, Wi-Fi 6E, private 5G, and spectrum management.

Our release with AWS featuring our partnership with JBG SMITH, showcased the private wireless solution we’re architecting for the real estate giant’s new development at National Landing in Arlington, Virginia. AWS and Federated Wireless are collaborating to deliver an end-to-end, fully managed private wireless solution for tenants at the sprawling new campus. The deployment at National Landing provides an excellent example of how Federated is bringing private 5G and connectivity innovation to the commercial real estate vertical.

We highlighted a brand new effort with Cisco to integrate our Automated Frequency Controller (AFC) into Cisco’s wireless 6-GHz capable access points. This integration will help enterprises leverage the power of Wi-Fi 6E to accelerate their transformation roadmaps with high-capacity, high-performance shared spectrum network access. This extends the range, performance, and efficiency of wireless networks, making way for advanced technology deployments such as automated robotics, digital twin logistics, smart manufacturing, and more.

Our momentum in private 5G was also on display, highlighted by our inclusion in the “new and expanding partnerships” section of Cisco’s master MWC press release, which cited our alignment with Cisco and Red River to bring the benefits of Cisco Private 5G to U.S. government customers.

We also announced an groundbreaking new partnership with AURA Network Systems to jointly develop a spectrum management system for AURA’s nationwide aviation network in the 450 MHz spectrum band. The partnership illustrates our growth in spectrum management and our expansion into new spectrum bands. Together with AURA, we’ll enable groundbreaking advances by delivering low latency, ultra-reliable, highly secure connectivity and to enable commercial beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight in the controlled airspace.

All told, it was a banner MWC for Federated Wireless, and for private wireless and enterprise markets worldwide. My key takeaway? Our private wireless, AFC, private 5G, and spectrum management solutions are now top of mind to solve the industry’s toughest connectivity challenges.

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