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Today is the last day of the MWC and I plan to spend my day taking a serious look at the Apps/Payment space in hall 7. On the first day it took me 1 ½ hours by taxi to get from my hotel to the MWC Convention Hall.  I was under the assumption that taxis and traffic were normal here in Barcelona but I can now say that may not be the case.  It appears the bottleneck from the first day was the result of the Real Madrid-Barcelona football match that started about one hour after the closing of the MWC exhibition Hall.

I now have had two days at this event and I am not so sure Mobile World Congress is the right moniker any longer.   Possibly the Digital World Congress or the Connected World Congress describes what is happening in the convergence of information, applications and telecommunications.  Near Field Communication, or NFC,  is at the front and center with a number of outlets that are NFC enabled.  The event registration was NFC enabled and approximately 270 restaurants/retail outlets are also NFC enabled for this event.

The mobile phone is becoming a standard piece of equipment that is vital for todays interconnected on the go World.  Entertainment, audio video, mobile TV, work, navigation, payments, cloud access, presentations on the fly (Windows 8 phones), emergencies, security, etc.  It seems there is no part of our daily lives that is not influenced by mobile technology. The three traditional screens, the PC, TV, and mobile are definitely merging into one seamless experience.  Gone are the days when the focus was on the the latest radio access network innovation, or advances in the core network.   That’s in the background now.  In 2013 it’s all about user experience and winning subscribers/users by focusing on the user experience.

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Kim Fraser is the COO of MMIT, a mobile software developer in Lagos, Nigeria.  Kim has over twenty years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has worked for telecommunication companies in Canada, West Africa, and East Africa.  Kim can be contacted at kim.f@mmitonline.com.

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