Nearly 101,000 attendees and more than 2,200 companies came to Mobile World Congress 2016 organised by the GSMA and celebrated in Barcelona for the 12th year running. Attendees from 204 countries and territories were present, and was covered by more than 3,600 members of the international press and media. Everything from virtual reality, new handsets and ingenious app ideas, to 3D printing, privacy protection and backend solutions were on display.
This year, the GSMA Innovation City will feature more innovative mobile products and services than ever before, allowing visitors to explore and connect with the latest innovation in areas such as 5G, the Internet of Things, security and identity. New for the 2017 edition of MWC, NEXTech will showcase forward-thinking companies and disruptive technologies, from virtual reality/augmented reality and robotics, to cognitive computing, artificial intelligence and more.
Companies participating at MWC 2017 include AOL, Baidu, BT Group, China Mobile, Cisco Systems, GoPro, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Ford, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HTC, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, LG, MasterCard, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, NEC, Netflix, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Oracle, Orange, Philips Lighting, Qualcomm Incorporated, Samsung Electronics, NTT DOCOMO, Ooredoo, PayPal, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Sony Mobile, Telefónica, Tencent, Twitter, Verizon, Vodafone, Volkswagen and ZTE, among others.
The conference agenda of this year’s event includes major figures from leading international companies such as Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman-Elect, GSMA, Takashi Niino, President and CEO, NEC Corporation, Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO, Netflix, Bob Moritz, Global Chairman, PwC, Allison Kirkby, President and Group CEO, Tele2, John Martin, Chairman and CEO, Turner, Jeff Lawson, Founder, CEO and Chairman, Twilio and Patrick Gelsinger, CEO, VMware. The Graphene Flagship, a consortium of over 150 academic and industrial research groups in 23 countries, will present a full-day conference on graphene and its impact on the mobile industry.
The Government of Catalonia, via Catalonia Trade & Investment, will dedicate 1,000 m2 to showcase 60 Catalan companies
The Government of Catalonia, via Catalonia Trade & Investment, organises a 1,000 m2 stand available to 68 Catalan companies and entities within the Mobile World Congress. It also facilitates the presence of 20 start-ups in the fourth year of the 4YFN event — set up by entrepreneurs and investors from the mobile sector.
Within the framework of the MWC, Catalonia Trade & Investment will receive trade delegations from all over the world, interested in discovering the opportunities to be found in the Catalan ICT sector. The directors of the Catalan Government Trade and Investment offices will also be attending the event. Furthermore, the Catalonia Stand will dedicate part of its facilities to a group of North American ICT companies, thanks to an agreement between the governments of Catalonia and California.
Meetings between companies from all over the world
The Catalonia Stand will once again be the setting for the Brokerage Event held by the Government of Catalonia, as a member of the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) from the European Commission. This is a series of international meetings between companies working in mobile communication technology. They are pre-arranged meetings lasting 20 minutes with the goal of finding partners to develop innovative projects via international cooperation agreements, in areas such as trade, licence distribution, joint ventures, subcontracting, technology transfer and collaborative R+D agreements.
Catalonia, firmly on the global mobile map
Barcelona will be the Mobile World Capital from 2012 to 2023. This means that not only the international flagship mobile event will be held yearly here — the GSMA Mobile World Congress — but a whole range of activities and programmes all year around will create a dynamic, professional ecosystem for the mobile world and its satellite industries. This initiative has transformed Barcelona into the permanent global centre for mobile technologies, has involved the development of a business environment focused on this type of industry on an international level and has made Barcelona a global benchmark for mobile transformation.
Top ICT companies are already successfully located in Barcelona. With 12,800 ICT companies at present, the number has been constantly growing since 2008. With an ICT workforce of some 84,600 and a vigorous mix of consolidated companies and new business ventures, Catalonia has generated a large pool of highly skilled workers. Accompanying this talent is an outstanding academic support system with more than 15,000 students in mobile-related studies at internationally renowned universities.