Barcelona calling! MWC22 is nearly here!

#MWC22 will focus on the technologies enabling our connected industries

While the past two years have been incredibly testing, they have also highlighted what can be achieved when we work together and make the most of the technology more than 5 billion of us now have in our hands.

MWC Barcelona’s 2022 theme – Connectivity Unleashed – conveys this message perfectly: whether you’ve video-called loved ones, used a telemedicine app, or received money via a mobile app, connectivity has felt more precious than ever.

In this context, GSMA Mobile for Development is thrilled to gather partners – from mobile operators and donors to start-ups and governments – to review the progress made and identify what we need to do collectively to ensure mobile and digital technology delivers on its promise in terms of bridging the gaps in digital and financial inclusion, tackling climate change, or helping people live healthy, happy, and prosperous lives.

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MWC22 Barcelona: Reconnecting an Industry and Community

 

The new year brings renewed focus and energy, and as members of the MWC Barcelona community know, it is also when preparation moves into high gear. In eight weeks, we will open the doors of Fira Gran Via to the global mobile ecosystem and, I can’t wait to welcome everyone.

This new year also begins with more news related to the pandemic. Global circumstance continues to evolve and, one thing is becoming apparent, we will be dealing with the effects of Covid-19 for years to come. In times like these, responsible leadership is more critical than ever.

This type of leadership inspires innovation and the kind of investment that moves our industry, society and, economy forward while keeping our community safe. Considering this and the fact that present circumstances have made connectivity profoundly critical, the GSMA would only consider a change to our plans under the direction of the Spanish authorities.

In 2021 we organised and hosted three MWC events in Shanghai, Los Angeles, and Barcelona. Each event took place in a unique context but, our strategy was consistent. Firstly, to work in close partnership with relevant authorities to ensure the event could go ahead safely for staff, workers, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, partners, and the local community; secondly, to provide up-to-the-minute information. This experience combined with advances by health experts, scientists and, governments give us confidence that we can convene safely again in 2022. MWC health & safety measures are on our Committed Community page here.

We expect over 1,500 exhibitors in February, with attendees registered from 150 countries. You will meet decision-makers, hear from thought leaders and, close deals. Policymakers will meet through our prestigious Ministerial Programme, and all are encouraged to experience the 4YFN start-up conference and brand new for 2022, Industry City. Over the four days, you will see the vibrancy, reach, and diversity that puts MWC at the forefront of the kind of innovation that addresses critical challenges across society. This is Connectivity Unleashed and potential is everywhere.

A lot has changed in the past two years but our resolve to reconvene the industry is unwavering, and I encourage every member of this community to support one another. My personal thanks to all the business leaders who are right now planning their attendance.

Of course, none of this is possible without the continued support and partnership of Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, FIRA and the Host City Parties. Barcelona is truly the home of MWC, and its gravitational pull is strong. MWC will always be available online, but I hope to see you in Barcelona.

Sincerely,

John Hoffman

CEO, GSMA Ltd.

MWC 2020 is cancelled

“With due regard to the health and safety environment in Barcelona and the host country, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, which make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.”

However as discussed in Telemedia Online this week, many of those who were due to attend the conference still plan to go out to Barcelona and will attend an unofficial MWC. Are you one of them, and if so what are your plans?

GSMA Statement on MWC Barcelona 2020 from John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Limited

Mobile World Congress 2016 – A personal view from Hugh Griffiths

The world’s biggest mobile trade show, Mobile World Congress, took place in Barcelona between 22-25 February 2016. As has become customary, the show’s attendance broke previous records: the GSMA announced on the final day that 101,000 people had attended MWC in 2016, an increase of almost 8% over the 2015 show’s attendance of 93,000.

The event is slowly moving to become more of a consumer electronics show as a variety of networks connect an increasingly significant number of consumer devices together. Read my report here: Review of Mobile World Congress 2016  .