Let's take a closer look at some of the most important, key take-aways from this year's MWC19 wireless conference in Barcelona. The theme was, "Intelligent Connectivity". The surprise was a sudden focus on folding-screen smartphones. However, the most important areas are the rapid move to 5G, AI and IoT. Plus, managing all the new technology that is coming at us at light-speed and more.
Thank you to the TD Ameritrade Network and host Nicole Petallides for inviting me to be a guest on their Trading 360 show. As an industry analyst in wireless and telecom, we discussed the changing wireless and telecommunications industry, which companies are performing well and what we can expect during the massive industry change that is occurring. Let's take a closer look. First, let's pull the camera back and take a look at the industry from a longer-term, historic perspective. As a wireless and telecom industry analyst for more than three decades, I have learned this industry is always in a state-of-change.
As a telecom and wireless analyst over 35 years, I have witnessed the communications industry grow and change dramatically. This transformation continues today and will do so going forward. Where we are today is just a moment in the timeline of our changing and expanding world. So, let's take a closer look at where we came from, where we are today and where we are heading. This information is important to every investor, worker, executive, customer and regulator.
Every time there is a big wireless, telecom or technology trade show, the big question I am always asked by the media as a telecom and wireless analyst, is simple. What was the key message or take away from the show? Last week, at the world's largest wireless trade show, Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, the answer was clear. Yes, our world is rapidly changing. So, what will 5G, AI and IoT do for us?
It's amazing how quickly hot, new technology cools down these days. When it comes to tech, the growth wave is shortening. Today, that same growth curve that used to take much longer is now shortening and intensifying. So, the challenge today is not only to find and jump on the next growth wave early, but also to know where that wave is in its lifespan. Some companies are better at this than others.