MWC 2023 kicked off earlier this week and brought several firsts to the mobile space. This year’s edition was quite important, as it was one of the most relevant since the pandemic. We saw the launch of many new products such as the Xiaomi 13 series for global markets, the Realme GT3, and the Honor Magic5 series. As usual, the event also served as the stage for several other technologies that will change the market for years to come.
MWC 2023 – the companies that won the GLOMO Awards
As it does every year, the GSMA announced several GLOMO Award winners to recognize innovation in the segment. The Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards are the most prestigious awards in the industry. They are judged by the industry’s most prominent experts. This year, we saw many important awards go to Huawei and its related connectivity technologies. Apple also won an award for the iPhone 14 Pro and its groundbreaking satellite communications.
In the “Mobile Tech” award segment, we saw that Huawei won a lot of awards. The brand may no longer be the giant of the phone segment. Anyway, it is still behind certain technologies that move mobile technology as a whole. Also, its 5G tech is still leading in terms of innovation. For example, the brand won awards for its mobile network infrastructure and breakthrough. It also won the award for the factories with the most 5G connections in the world. The prize was shared with Midea and China Mobile. Another company, Rakuten Symphony, won awards for Best Network Software and Best Cloud Solution. The Outstanding Mobile Tech Award went to EdgeQ’s 5G + AI base station on a chip.
In the Digital Everything class, Metro Pacific Health won Best Mobile Innovation for Digital Life. SK Telecom won the Best Mobile Innovation for Cities for its Location Intelligent Solution “LITMUS”. The Best Mobile Innovation for Web3 was given to Authena for Secured Phygitals. The Best Mobile Operator Award went to VEON. Best Mobile Innovation for Connected Economy was given to Guangzhou Metro, China Mobile, and ZTE.
Best Device of MWC 2023
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Apple did not attend the MWC. Despite this, the giant got its prize for the good tech within the iPhone 14 Pro. The device won the award as the best device and also has the Disruptive Device Innovation Award employed inside. Apple also won a ground-breaking innovation thanks to its Apple – Emergency SOS Via Satellite. It was a ground-breaking technology for Apple and has the potential to change the entire industry of mobile devices.
The feature allows Apple iPhone 14 Pro series users to send message alerts even when they are in remote places, or when they are in danger. If you no longer have a cellular signal, you can still send alerts with this tech. The feature works perfectly alongside the crash detection system on iPhones and Apple Watches. It has life-saving potential, and for that reason, is a game-changer feature. Worth noting, that there are several brands now working to deliver this technology. It may become a trend for the next few years.
In addition to Apple, TCL Mobile also had a place in the Device category. The brand won the Best Connected Consumer Device for its NXTWEAR Watch.
The Best Mobile Innovation for Emerging Markets is again sent to Huawei. The giant won the prize for its RuralLink-Green, Simplified, and Evolvable Solution for Rural Connectivity. The class also gave the Best Mobile Innovation supporting Emergency tech for lifecell. The Best Mobile Innovation and Inclusion was sent to SK Telecom, LBStech, and SAPEON Korea.
Government Leadership and Outstanding Achievement Awards
The Leadership Award has been given to India. When it comes to Outstanding Achievement, we saw a set of distinct people winning prizes. The GSMA Chairman’s Award has been given to Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Hon. Paula Ingabire, and more. Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Martin Cooper, and the Diversity in Tech Award has been won by Eugina Jordan the CMO of TelcomInfraProject.
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These prizes are pretty important for the brands and organizations taking part in the event. It also serves as a good incentive for their pursuit of innovation. These awards certainly count a lot for these brands. Now, they will keep their race to bring more technologies to change our world.
As we’ve said before, the MWC 2023 usually serves as a stage for the launch of new phones. However, it’s natural to see companies also disclosing products and technologies that will completely revamp the segment. We can also cite Honor, which introduced the world’s first battery made with silicon carbon. The new technology promises a 12% increase in the capacity of batteries for mobile devices. With the end of the MWC 2023 nearing the shores, we can only wait for a new set of goodies in the MWC 2024. We are curious to see the techs that will appear in the next year, and which brands will be worth the awards.