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.

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Assuming you know something of the matter, I would be very interested in your views on how the mobile phone industry goes about testing their devices and how they perform on networks. About 6 years back I has a software start-up that developed a set of tools used for easy development of applications designed to run on mobile phones and over unreliable wireless networks. Using this technology we developed a few applications ourselves. One was called m-Test. m-Test fully automated the process rigourously testing mobile phone apps. The industry at the time was using home grown, hard wired testing systems or even robots. All of which costed a fortune and had to be revamped for each new handset. All slow, very expensive and delayed time to market and weren't much good. Many phones had to be recalled. m-Test cost around £3000 per pc and could test at the same time many devices. m-Test would simulate the typical user patterns. It could be left running and would similate a years use in hours. Also, it wouild take about half a day to tune m-Test to work on new devices. The only limitation is that it worked only on Symbian devices of which there weren't that many. I got Nokia and Sony to buy some licences and a few small SW companies. But that was all. Six yeare later the world has moved on and there many more smartphones out there with increasing numbers of complex applications. Surely, these devices and apps need testing just as well as apps written for PC's. So my question is, do you think there could be a market for m-Test now?