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Mobile World Congress 2018
- When: 26 February - 1 March
- Where: Fira Gran Via Barcelona, Passeig Juan Carlos I | Metro: FGC stops Europa Fira and Ildefons Cerdà
- Price: €500 - €5000
- Accommodation Nearby: Discover all you need to know about the global mobile technology event: what is World Mobile Congress, how to participate, when and where it will take place and all the information that you need to participate. Consult our offer of apartments in Barcelona close to the Fira.
- Buy Tickets: You can get your ticket here
- Website: Official website of the Mobile World Congress
What is the Mobile World Congress (MWC)?
The Mobile World Congress is the most important mobile communications event in the world. Every year, numerous executive directors of telephone companies, producers and suppliers from all over the world take part in this event. The estimated number of attendees at past editions of MWC is 50,000 – 60,000 people.
Every year, hundreds of businesses meet during the MWC to create new businesses, introduce the latest products and talk about the future of mobile communication. Some of the most important companies are Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Dropbox, Foursquare, Nokia, Vodafone and Mozilla. This offers a unique opportunity to connect engineers, scientists and investors of wireless systems and mobile applications with leading experts and executives in the communications sector.
Generally, the most well-known businesses that normally participate in the event are: LG, Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Alcatel, Facebook, Google, Android, Nokia, Sony, ZTE, HTC, Wiko, Blackberry, Intel, Ericsson, Panasonic, Epson, BQ, Cisco, Ingram Micro, Paypal and Hisense7. Many other finance, automotive and telephone companies participate too.
You can participate in the Mobile World Congress as a speaker or spectator which is a way to give visibility to a company that presents its flagship product. The congress is also designed for the general public who can discover the evolution of the mobile sector, the latest developments in video games and new products in the telecommunications market. There is free Wi-Fi network throughout the Fira de Barcelona.
Origin of the MWC
The origin of the Mobile World Congress can be found in a conference held in 1987 called Pan European Digital Conference. Over the years the name changed several times: in 2001 it was called 3GSM World Congress and in 2005, GSM World Congress. In 2008 it took the name of Mobile World Congress.
Since 2006, the congress has been held in the city of Barcelona. Previously it took place in other cities such as: Cannes, Lisbon, London, Rome, Nice, Berlin, Athens and Madrid.
Where is the MWC?
Barcelona was chosen as the capital of mobile technology thanks to the public-private initiative of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation. Since then, the event takes place in the same city once a year, for 4 days. The MWC contributes to the economic development and digital transformation of Barcelona, generating spaces where technology, citizens and companies converge. In addition, the MWC generates jobs for many residents of the Catalan capital. It is estimated that the congress generates 13,000 direct and indirect jobs. The economic impact of this event generates a total of 460 million euros.
At one point, the event took place in mid-February, but since 2012 the congress is held between the end of February and the beginning of March.
Who organizes the MWC?
The Mobile World Congress was founded by the now defunct company Delson Group Inc. The Global System Mobile Association (GSMA) is currently the organizer of this event and many others worldwide. The most outstanding are: Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and Mobile 360 Series.
The GSMA is an organization of mobile operators and related companies, dedicated to supporting the standardization, implementation and promotion of the GSM mobile telephone system. Its members are approximately 800 mobile telephone operators and more than 200 related companies.
Thanks to the support of the public and private sectors of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, MWCapital focuses on three different areas: the empowerment of new generations, professionals and citizens in the use of digital technologies, the digital transformation of industries and the acceleration of innovation through digital entrepreneurship.
What is the 4YearsFromNow (4YFN)?
The 4 Years From Now room (4YFN) is a complementary event to the Mobile World Congress (MWC). It is an entrepreneur event or business platform for the startup community in the telecommunications sector. In 2017 it occupied an area of 115,000 square meters and was visited by 19,000 participants, increasing this figure by 60% more than in 2016. For more information, check out its official website.
Data from the latest editions
In the last edition in 2017 the following technologies were represented: Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Drones, Hardware, Software, Robocar (the first racing car without driver).
According to 2016 statistics, more than 100,000 professionals from 198 different countries participated in the MWC, of which 4,500 were executives from international companies. The exhibition occupied about 94,000 square meters and the international exhibitors were 2,200.
Next edition of the MWC
For the 2018 edition, the expected figures are higher than last year. 108,000 participants from 208 different countries, more than 2,300 exhibitors, more than 400 telephone companies and more than 10,000 operators are expected. The type of pass you decide to buy, gives you different possibilities to take advantage of the fair.
Among the speakers and the most important guests are names like Sunil Bharti Mittal, founder and president of Bharti Enterprises / GSMA, Kathy Calvin president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, Christopher Young CEO of McAfee and Cher Wang, president of HTC . We suggest you take a look at the complete list of speakers to get an idea of how important and international this event is. Surprises, important announcements, new technologies and great opportunities to establish business contacts.
When is MWC 2018?
The dates of the next Mobile World Congress are from 26 February to 1 March 2018.
How to get tickets to the MWC?
There are two ways to participate in the Mobile World Congress: as a spectator or as a speaker. If you participate in this event you will never just be a "spectator", your company will have greater exposure and you will be able to discover different realities close to yours. It is a good way to face your competitors. If you want to become a speaker, unfortunately the seats are now sold out. But, you can try again for the 2019 edition!
If you choose to participate as a speaker, you will be responsible for one or more conferences where you will explain your discoveries and news about your product. How can you become a speaker?
MWC Call of Papers
To participate as a speaker, you must send your “call of papers" proposal to the speaker management team, who will send you a response up to two months before the start of the event. The answer can be positive or negative, but in both cases it will be sent to you. We recommend you send the request as soon as possible. For more information about the Call of Papers and how to become a speaker, see this link.
How to attend the MWC?
If you can’t be present at the new edition of the Barcelona event, you can follow the MWC on the largest social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Linkedin or Youtube. If you want to participate or stay informed, use the official hashtag # MWC18.
MWC 2018 Agenda
Discover everything that is planned for the new edition here.
Here, we have attached the link for the official page where you can buy tickets for the MWC18. Remember that you need to register first. If you need help, here are the contact details:
Tel: +34 93 3239270 - Monday through Friday during office hours
Depending on the type of pass you have, you can enjoy:
- Conferences with visionary speeches and discussion panels
- Exhibitions of cutting-edge products and technology from more than 1,900 exhibitors
- Search for industry opportunities, make offers and create contacts
- App Planet, the Mobile Apps Universe Center, where the community meets to learn, collaborate and share with the greatest innovators
- The Global Mobile Awards program, where industrial innovation and achievements are recognized
We advise you to think well in advance about buying the pass. Obviously we are aware that the price is very high, but it is an international fair in which all the best companies in the sector participate.
How to get to the MWC?
The headquarters of the MWC is located at Avenida Joan Carles I, 64, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. You can easily reach the metro station Espanya (red line L1 or green line L3), then the FGC train to Europe or Fira. In case you arrive directly from the airport, you have three different ways to get there:
- Aerobus (express bus service) and metro: the transport service costs 5.90 euros, if you ask for a round trip you can save by paying only 10.20 euros. Get off at Plaça de Espanya and follow the directions mentioned above. Travel time is approximately 45 minutes. Aerobus price € 5.90, price of the metro € 2.20.
- RENFE train and metro: take the train to Sants Estaciò and then the metro to Espanya (from there, the road explained above with the metro). This will take more time.
- Taxi: the fare is 20 euros and the trip takes approximately 15 minutes.
Be careful with the address! The street where the "Gran Via Fira" is located often creates confusion and there are people who are mistaken, mistaking it for Gran Via Carles III. Do not get confused and remember that the correct name is Avenida Joan Carles 1.
Galaxy Unpacked – the Samsung Galaxy S9 is unveiled
After a long wait, Samsung have announced that they will present their devices at the opening of the next Mobile World Congress scheduled for 26 February in Barcelona, as part of an anti-Apple movement. Samsung will launch their new smartphone devices, the Galaxy S9 and the S9 Plus. The latest news, confirmed on the official Samsung website, is the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S9 with a “reinvented camera” on 25 February, the day before the Mobile World Congress 2018. the good news is the Samsung Press will also be in Barcelona and will be able to sell it in advance at the MWC18.
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