This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona proved to be a great success. At the event, which was held in earnest for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies introduced new products and technologies. With nearly 90,000 visitors, the event managed to regain its former vigor, excitement, and buzz.
Networks and operators actively participated in MWC 2023 and introduced new technologies and solutions. The event also revealed industry players’ aspirations to take the lead in 5.5G and 6G, and the telecommunication companies’ concerns about monetization.
Another noteworthy point was the remarkable presence of Chinese companies. In particular, Chinese companies including Huawei, HONOR, OPPO, and TECNO introduced foldable smartphones, showing that the foldable market, which was formed with Samsung at the forefront, is blooming in earnest.
In the latest episode of ‘The Counterpoint Podcast’, Counterpoint’s Research Director Tom Kang and Associate Director Sujeong Lim, who participated in the event, discuss their takeaways from MWC 2023.
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1:22 – MWC atmosphere
2:33 – Hot topics at the event
4:55 – Foldable market forecast. When will Apple enter the foldable market?
6:16 – New technologies – eSIM, satellite communication
8:12 – Smartphone technologies – Foldable smartphone push, Xiaomi low-light camera
10:53 – How to enjoy the event?
13:19 – Other global exhibitions worth attending