GSMA Mobile World Congress: Day 1

So Mobile World Congress – MWC – comes around again; this time on the back of the latest Netevents symposium, where, among other things it was felt that WiMAX was dead and the there is simply no way to calculate total IT “greeness”; more on that topic in the near future.

So – here at MWC, we see that Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has received the WiMAX Forum Certified seal of approval for the 3.5GHz band version of its WiMAX base station.

“We’re pleased to certify Alcatel-Lucent’s equipment in the 3.5GHz band, particularly given that breadth of the company’s presence in WiMAX deployments worldwide in this frequency,” said Ron Resnick, the president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum.

But then he would. Perhaps he should become a medical examiner, then he can certify the dead. And WiMAX can simply be renamed “Wi?”

Instead, all talk is of femtocells. Which is kind of like replacing the Space Shuttle technology with rocket-equipped hang-gliders but at least they are affordable and readily usable by the individual. More on femtocells as the week progresses.

So, no space shuttles, but there is Kevin Spacey. And Jamie Cullum. Wonder if they were at the Cisco Networkers event last month?

In terms of pure mobile data there doesn’t seem to be anything that has moved the game on from where I’ve been testing recently – Netmotion etc – but if I spot something you will be informed.