Mobile World Congress: 5 emerging technologies that will disrupt the jobs market



Every year the largest gathering of mobile enthusiasts from around the globe attend the Mobile World Congress (MWC), held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona. This year was the largest yet with 108,000 attendees included Networkers’ own Saul Penhallow, Mark Payne and Ozz Hussein, seeking to see and hear the latest advancements being made in mobile. Below, they share their thoughts on the impressive event and offer insight to how emerging technologies will influence the jobs market in the coming years.


Themed 'The Next Element' a reference to 5G mobile technology and how it will transform entire industries, the MWC 17 was an amazing showcase of over 2,300 companies from around the world demonstrating their cutting edge products and services in what can only be described as a bamboozling experience. As you walk into one of the eight gigantic halls it quickly becomes apparent who the major players in the mobile industry are through the sheer enormity of the incredible stands on display, which cost millions to design and build each year. Each one is completely unique and you are really left in awe of the cutting edge design and attention to detail.



Companies are moving towards 5G technology at a rapid pace. There were countless companies that chose to showcase their 5G capabilities at MWC including many of the leading telecoms vendors such as Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, ZTE, and Cisco.  It is clear that the race to offer the best 5G products and services is ramping up. 5G will of course create millions of jobs worldwide building and maintaining the networks.

Saul Penhallow, Divisional Director - Communications, Networkers explains the impact 5G will have on the jobs and skills market:

“The future demand for professionals with skills to sell, manage and implement 5G technology will significantly grow in the coming years. Businesses will need to recruit a range of technology professionals such as sales and pre sales executives, cloud developers, engineers and architects, SDN / NFV consultants, software testers and developers, Cloud RAN engineers, OSS/BSS experts as well as fibre/optical engineers.”


The Internet of Things (IoT) has huge growth opportunity and remained a key theme at this year’s MWC, with a focus on the challenge of how to ensure interoperability of home and industrial applications within the telecom eco system.

The multinational wireless communications equipment manufacturer Sierra Wireless demonstrated how LTE-MTC can be used for connected shoes, wearables and healthcare devices as well as industrial devices such as smart meters.

Telecoms big players Ericsson, Intel and Orange showed how EC-ESM-IoT can address the challenges of extending coverage to difficult-to-reach indoor locations such as basements, as well as remote rural areas. Unsurprisingly with the increasing threat of cyber-crime there was also a lot more attention this year on the security of IoT.

Mark Payne, Divisional Manager - Communications, Networkers, shares his thoughts on the jobs that will be in demand with the rise of the IoT market:

“A number of companies indicated a big talent demand for specialist skills such as Embedded Device Developers, Data Scientists, AutoCAD Design Engineers, Cybersecurity Engineers, and GPS Development Engineers who will help enable companies to utilise IoT.”


This year there was also a focus on disruptive technologies like virtual reality (VR) augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI), which will further contribute to the interoperability of software solutions.

Virtual Reality (VR) will have a huge impact on many day-to-day leisure activities including future video gaming, 3D cinema, watching sports, musical events and education. It was at the forefront of a number of stands at the Mobile World Congress. and it is fast emerging as the latest product line used by device vendors to showcase innovation and draw consumers to their brands. Technology giants Samsung and LG demonstrated VR with their release of cameras capable of taking 360-degree video which are compatible with their latest smartphones and VR headsets.


Ozz Hussein, Divisional Lead – Communications, Networkers explains some of the jobs that will be in demand:

“There will be a surge in demand for UX/UI Designers, Unity Developers, 3D Modellers, and Videographers to create VR products as well as Pre-Sales Engineers to take them to market.”

The take away message from this year’s MWC is that the 5G revolution is coming and an automated world is just around the corner.

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