Sights and Sounds From Mobile World Congress 2017

Exponent launched on February 23, and it made its debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with speaker sessions and live technology demos at Verizon’s booth.

Over 12,000 booth guests from over 40 countries were able to see our work in action and speak to our tech leads. Every demo showcased the ease with which carriers can reap the technology’s benefits; crowd favorites included IoT verticals and virtual/augmented reality, and Big Data & AI. Collectively, these demonstrations illustrated the intrinsic value Exponent brings to solve carriers’ challenges.

The first day was bookended by executive panels; in the morning, we saw Brian Higgins, Exponent’s General Manager, speak with the Exponent platform leaders about how and why they built this unique model. Telecoms have a roadmap they know how to follow when it comes to traditional business; but platforms and applications are a different space entirely, Higgins explained. It’s in this new territory that Exponent can help carriers navigate and succeed.

In the evening, Guru Pai, Exponent’s Chief Product Officer, moderated a panel with other global carrier leaders about progressive development and innovation in the telecommunications space. They discussed how the pace of change is a challenge. Pai described how Exponent’s approach of designing and deploying platforms with an open architecture model offers carriers an innovative and needed entry into new growth areas, while mitigating the burdensome investment and resources to get started. Pai shared, “It’s really easy to be too early, and really painful to be too late.”

In our Operator Marketplace Speaker Series, the platform leaders presented their technologies’ capabilities and the route to revenue through new markets. Here are some of the best insights we heard during the Speaker Series:

  • “A lot of companies have significant privacy and regulatory constraints. Rather than trying to hide from them, we actually solve for them by building it directly into the platform; the platform can be easily configured to meet the privacy requirements of particular companies.” – Ashok Srivastava, Big Data & AI Platform lead
  • “Everybody wants consumer video, but it’s a heavy burden. Because we operate the networks, in many cases the LAN and the wireless networks, we’re uniquely positioned to offer video services in an agile and dynamic way, and contribute to the economic modeling and not just be a pipe.” – Chris Carey, Media Services Platform lead
  • “Our work with Qualcomm and others halves the workload of the IoT developer.” “In the past, we just focused on the ability of a device to connect to our network. That created a lot of friction; it was difficult to work with partners creating verticals, even when it came to simple customer care tasks. Now, what we’ve done is taken our platform and and embedded it into the actual silicon of the device’s chipset, whether it’s a Cat M or a WiFi connection.” – Steve Szabo, IoT Platform lead
  • “The Internet Services Delivery Platform lets you do dynamic pricing, thereby offering carriers new freedom and flexibility. For example: using the platform, carriers will be able to charge lower price for higher volume. The platform will make it possible to bundle data packages based on a user’s activity and most-used apps, not just their general usage.” – Praveen Atreya, Internet Services Delivery Platform lead

Exponent’s Vice President of Marketing, Farhana Chaudhry, participated in one panel about women in technology and gender equality. It was moderated by Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient. The panel, called We for We, featured both men and women from Accenture, Visa, Verizon and AOL. Shelley shared a gloomy but real statistic: generally, men and women start out at 50/50 in workplaces. At the top, women make up 17% of the workplace, but the biggest place companies are losing women is in middle management. Shelley called this “the messy middle”. She also presented another staggering statistic: according to USAID, 62 million girls around the world – half of whom are adolescent – are not in school. Farhana shared her own experience mitigating gender bias in the work place, “if you call it out, you can shut it down.”

Another panel, sponsored by Makers, was moderated by Allie Kline, CMO at AOL, and the other panelists included vice presidents and executives from Verizon, StarHub, and Thulium. They talked about combating unconscious bias, advocating for women in their organizations, and how the industry has changed since they first joined the workplace.

What a week! And that was just Exponent’s first show. Stay up to date with all the latest from Exponent and join the conversation by following us on Twitter at @WeAreExponent and on LinkedIn at Exponent Tech.

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