Future Networks @ Innovation City

Venue: Hall 4, Fira, Gran Via, Barcelona

Join Future Networks in one of the most visited exhibition spaces at MWC, Innovation City. We have partnered with Alibaba, Deutsche Telekom, EE, Google, KT, University of Surrey, Vodafone and more to showcase cutting-edge innovations demonstrating how Rich Communications Services (RCS) and 5G are creating a better future through mobile.


The Future of 5G

5G is more than just a generational change from 4G, and will change the way we view mobile and transform our use of mobile technology.

We have partnered with operators, technology providers and brands to showcase innovative 5G features and benefits such as real-time video broadcasting, push to talk, super low latency response and more, to demonstrate the exciting future of 5G.

See below for a list of Future Networks 5G demonstrations in the GSMA Innovation City:


 Demonstration Partners Description
Public Services – Mobile in Critical Communications EE, Expway & G-UAV See how 5G will revolutionise critical mobile communications for emergency services with EE, Expway and G-UAV, allowing them to respond to incidents with capabilities such as real time video broadcast to multiple devices.
The Office of the Future China Unicom & Alibaba Experience face and biometric recognition and see how they are delivering the ‘Office of the Future’ with Alibaba and China Unicom.
5G Remote Experiences: Demo 1 5GUK (University of Surrey, Kings College London, University of Bristol) Compete to be No. 1 on the leader board in our 5G football competition in partnership with 5GUK.  Score a goal and experience the power of 5G latency through remote robotic technologies and be in with the chance of winning a top prize.
5G Remote Experiences: Demo 2 Korea Telecom Throw yourself into Space with 5G gaming in partnership KT. You’ll experience the power of the mobile network making truly immersive low-latency gaming a reality.
5G Remote Experiences: Demo 3 5GIC & DoubleMe Experience holoportation brought to life; Interact and communicate real-time with remote parties via 3D hologram.



RCS Business Messaging

At MWC Barcelona 2017, ‘The Future of Operator Messaging’ was launched with demonstrations from leading brands highlighting the exciting potential of RCS Business Messaging. This year, the first campaigns are live in market. Google will showcase their RCS platform and their work with Sprint, 3Cinteractive, OpenMarket and Mobivity, revealing how major brands are utilising this exciting new platform for consumer communications. Vodafone will also be unveiling their new RCS platform and their work with major brands and aggregators. We’ll be revealing the names of the brands soon so check back later!

Operators have launched RCS in 50 countries, with 159 million Monthly Active Users. With RCS Business Messaging, consumers can now interact with all of their brands in one place – they can deal with airlines, railways, taxis, restaurants, banks and many, many other businesses at their convenience.

With no need to download multiple apps, RCS is a single, common platform based on the biggest messaging app in the world – SMS.

Operators, OEMs and technology providers are working together to introduce RCS based on the GSMA’s Universal Profile standard, guaranteeing interoperability across devices, networks and operating systems.

We will soon be revealing the brands who will be demonstrating their RCS Business Messaging campaigns in Innovation City. Check back soon for details.


More RCS Demonstrations from our Partners (in Halls 1, 2, 5 & 6)

There are also plenty of other opportunities outside of Innovation City to see exciting demos showcasing the potential of RCS Business Messaging. Visit our partners’ stands listed below, experience their RCS solutions and make some important vendor contacts.


 Vendor Location Description
Ericsson Stand 2O60

(Hall 2)

Ericsson will demonstrate the new RCS messaging interface that supports interaction with chatbots. Visitors will be able to explore how to benefit from new B2C business opportunities using IP messaging and chatbots.
Interop Technologies Stand 1C21

(Hall 1)

Interop Technologies’ hosted RCS solution is one of the first in the world with GSMA accreditation in Framework, Enriched Calling and Messaging. Stop by their stand to learn more about securing your future!
Mavenir Stand 6D40 Mavenir is demonstrating how the richness of RCS can be leveraged to enhance customer engagement through the use of chatbots.
SummitTech Stand 5H31

(Hall 5)

SummitTech will be showing live demos of innovative RCS solutions for MaaP, Chatbots & Plugins, AI, VoWiFi, IMS Connected Car, GSMA Enriched Calling, RCS Connected Living, RCS mHealth, Virtual Reality (VR) Calling, IMS Drones, Robots and RCS cryptocurrencies. Visit their stand to experience the full potential of RCS.
WIT Stand E11

(Hall 6)

WIT will be demonstrating their out-of-the-box RCS MaaP solution, including P2P messaging, multi-device, voice and video; A2P rich messaging campaigns; and bots for multi-channel conversational transactions. Please contact Gavin Webster to arrange a demo slot: [email protected]
ZTE Stand E16

(Hall 6)

ZTE will demonstrate their MaaP based service (using food ordering and hotel room reservation use cases), Multi-Number Enriched Calling/IVVR and Phone-STB video call.