The mobile community has descended on Barcelona, Spain this week for the annual pilgrimage to Mobile World Congress (MWC).  This is the second year the event is being hosted at the new location, FIRA Gran Via, and over 50,000 attendees are expected.  Depending on which report you read or how fast you walk, it can take up to 20 minutes to get from Hall 1 to Hall 8 – some have suggested renting Segways. 

As we head into the show, WirelessWeek reports that the GSMA this week released new research that forecasts total global Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connections will hit a quarter of a billion this year:

– Global M2M connections reached 195 million in 2013, growing at nearly 40 percent per year between 2010 and 2013.

– M2M accounted for 2.8 percent of all global mobile connections at the end of 2013, double the 1.4 percent share recorded in 2010.

The communications industry started out connecting places, then in the 1990’s into 2000’s we shifted to connecting people.  The future is about how we connect things, but we are also looking at how we provide reliable, high quality and affordable connectivity to the under-connected or unconnected 4.4 billion people globally. 

At Mobile World Congress this year, Cambium Networks will showcase its 3 key platforms designed to connect places, people and things: 

PTP 650 / 650S delivers un-matched point-to-point connectivity in the sub-6 GHz band to connect communities and provide backhaul for small cells.

PMP 450 provides high quality fixed broadband access to communities delivering reliable, high quality and secure voice, video and data, to connect places, people and things.

ePMP™ is designed to provide high quality affordable fixed broadband communications to connect lower density under-served or unconnected communities – perfect for those 4.4 billion people.

As the day unfolds, I’m going to embark on a personal challenge and connect myself to a wearable, and see how many kilometers I log on foot while at the FIRA on Day 1.  I’ll report back tonight, and hopefully it’s enough to make absolve my guilt of not making it to the gym today.

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