MWC 2023 preview: Here are the main highlights

MWC 2023 will be a special event as it will be the first physical event after the pandemic. This event will be held from February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona, ​​Spain. This is the first time after the outbreak that a large-scale global mobile ecosystem will come together to discuss a new chapter in development. The theme for MWC 2023 is “Velocity – Unleashing Tomorrow’s Technology – Today”. This event will host global mobile brands, equipment brands, technology providers and green/innovative companies. The main topics of discussion will be new 5G trends, IoT, open network (OpenNet), beyond reality + (Reality +) and other minor topics.

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Main topics

1. New 5G trends – 5.5G is a major trend

One of the main highlights of MWC 2023 will be 5.5G. This new 5G trend is a major aspect of attention, especially for Chinese brands. Yang Guang, senior chief analyst at Omdia, said 5G-Advanced is an intermediate step in the evolution to 6G. During MWC23, the GSMA will host a 5G-A Summit, inviting carriers such as China Mobile, Orange and Zain. It will also invite equipment vendors such as Huawei and Ericsson. Additionally, there will be device ecosystem partners such as Qualcomm and NVIDIA. These brands will share and discuss innovative 5.5G practices and future plans.

At the same time, the GSMA will partner with relevant brands to promote the steady progress of the 5.5G industry. It will focus on technological evolution, application scenarios and industrial ecology. China’s three major operators have always been at the forefront of 5.5G innovation practices. China Mobile’s dual-chain integration innovation plan, China Unicom’s three intelligent innovation paths, and China Telecom’s super trilogy have all concluded in the past year. With successful results, more 5.5G innovations will be launched during MWC23.

Qualcomm has just launched the industry’s first 5G-Advanced ready Snapdragon X75 radio frequency modem and system. It can support 10-carrier aggregation and achieve ultimate 10Gbps user experience. Devices with this chip will come to the public in the second half of this year.

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2. Network Energy Saving Scheme

Green energy saving becoming the focus of industry, network energy saving has also become the product solution that large enterprises will focus on display this time around. The main players here are Huawei, ZTE and Ericsson.


Huawei will launch and showcase ten wireless networking products and solutions with excellent performance and energy saving. This includes

  • MetaAAU, the industry’s largest bandwidth of 800 MHz MetaAAU
  • M-MIMO super light macro station
  • Highly integrated Meta BladeAAU
  • Super wideband 4T4R RRU with low power consumption
  • High performance 8T8R ultra-wideband RRU
  • MM large-scale commercial FDD
  • Huawei’s unique Signal Direct Feeding (SDIF) technology
  • a new generation of MAGICSwave microwave products
  • Huawei IntelligentRAN


ZTE will showcase ten innovative wireless products and solutions to help carriers build a 5G network with full-band integration and “new 5G growth” with minimalist architecture, high performance and extremely efficient power saving. A more dynamic RIS expands 5G coverage and builds a lower-cost, green, and low-carbon 5G-A network.

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Ericsson recently launched a portfolio of enhanced Radio Access Network (RAN) and Transmission (Transport) products. It not only meets market demand for higher 5G capacity and revenue growth, but also enables Ericsson to help operators achieve “net zero emissions”. Ericsson will present more than a dozen new solutions that can reduce carbon emissions. The technology can also reduce the base station footprint, improve energy efficiency and increase network capacity.

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3. Satellite fusion communication solutions

Satellite communication will be the strong point of this MWC 2023. During MWC 2023, MediaTek will present the advanced technologies of its wallets (Dimensity, Filogic, Genio, Kompanio and Pentonic). It will also reveal 5G technologies beyond mobile devices. At the same time, MediaTek will also introduce its satellite communication platform. There will also be devices from popular brands using these MediaTek technologies.

OPPO will introduce its flagship series of mobile phones, including the OPPO Find N2 series, all-new network connection products and innovative IoT technologies. He will also announce the company’s future sustainability plans.

Honor will announce the Magic5 series of flagship phones, including the Honor Magic5, Honor Magic5 Pro and Magic5 Ultimate Edition.

UNISOC will focus on displaying the first 5G A7870 smart cockpit chip platform. It will also display A7862 4G car chip solution and A8581 eight-core 4G car technology chip solution. These products are currently entering the leading automotive group. In 2023 and in the future, UNISOC will further increase its investments in automotive electronics.

TD Tech’s vision and mission is to become a global leader in connectivity solutions. In this exhibition, TD Tech will focus on the three major sectors of smart city, smart industry and smart life.

4. New OpenRAN Solutions

AMD will showcase the results of its collaboration with more than 15 radio system ecosystem partners. It uses AMD Zynq UltraScale + RFSoC and MPSoC to design O-RAN based radio remote units for open interfaces. AMD is focused on rolling out 5G globally, and the new AMD Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC delivers excellent price/performance and power efficiency. This makes it ideal for emerging markets around the world. AMD and Nokia jointly announced the expansion of their work to help communications service providers meet their energy efficiency goals. They will provide RAN solutions to Nokia Cloud using servers based on 4th generation AMD EPYC chips.

This year, MWC 2023 will bring together more Chinese brands and sponsors. There will be more than 100 brands and sponsors from China. Some Chinese brands and sponsors that will be present at the event are

  • China-Mobile
  • China Telecom
  • China Unicom
  • Huawei
  • ZTE
  • Oppo
  • Fibocom
  • Tech TD
  • combined
  • Xiaomi
  • Honor
  • Whale
  • China Xinke
  • real me
  • TECNO etc.

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