As with years past, Mobile World Congress continues to live up to the hype. The stands just seem to get bigger and what used to be mainly a telecom-industry focused event is increasingly attracting some big names from industries that are starting to blend in with ours as mobile capabilities get better and better.

Google, Facebook, YouTube, Groupon – even Taco Bell – are getting in on the action. In fact, YouTube told attendees it’s delivering 600 million video streams a day. No wonder mobile networks are struggling under the crush of so much data. Underscoring just how important LTE is going to soon become, Capgemini says LTE deployments are absolutely critical to supporting all that data usage because it’s only expected to continue doubling every year.

Some other topics getting buzz: small cells, spectrum (as always) and active antenna technology. A rep from ITU made a case for creating alternative approaches to divvying up spectrum instead of auctions. MWC Forum predicted small cell deployments to surpass macros, so we’re sure to be talking more about that over the coming months, especially since Informa predicts small cells will comprise 90 percent of base stations by 2016.

You can hear more about active antennas and get further impressions on the show from CommScope’s Ben Cardwell, SVP of Global Wireless Sales; Phil Sorsky, VP of Wireless Sales for Europe; and Vic Mamlouk, VP of Wireless Sales for Middle East and Africa.

We also caught up with Engin Arikan, general manager of Mikom, a CommScope partner in Turkey; RFcell Technologies Managing Director Oded Zadok, out of Israel; as well as some local partners from Spain, Ruben and Alberto Serrano of Epirsa.

Hear what they had to say and let us know what you came awaywith from this year’s extravaganza.

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Mobile World Congress inspires industry followers to talk about the future. In this video, you can hear more about active antennas and get further impressions on the show from CommScope's Ben Cardwell, SVP of Global Wireless Sales; Phil Sorsky, VP of Wireless Sales for Europe; and Vic Mamlouk, VP of Wireless

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Camille Beasley, communications manager at CommScope, catches up with Engin Arikan, general manager of Mikom, about new trends and what has evolved at this year's Mobile World Congress Conference.

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Camille Beasley, communications manager at CommScope, exchanged ideas about trends in the industry with RFcell Technologies Managing Director Oded Zadok, who is based in Israel.

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Camille Beasley, communications manager at CommScope, caught up with local partners from Spain, Ruben and Alberto Serrano of Epirsa to talk about what they see coming in the industry.

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Rick Aspan

Rick Aspan, APR, is vice president of Corporate Communications at CommScope. A former journalist, he has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communications functions in the telecom, internet and networking industries at companies such as MCI, Ameritech and Tellabs.

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