Mobile World Congress

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Covid-19 Update

Mobile World Congress 2023 will take place between February 27th and March 2nd. The venue of choice is the Fira Barcelona Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain. Organisers have assured that the latest COVID-19 health and safety measures will be implemented. This will include safety precautions such as a strict 3G entry policy and social distance rules. Additionally, participants will have to pre-register and wear face masks in indoor spaces like the conference rooms. Before entry, they will be asked to show their 3G entry documents, such as negative test results. Such papers must also be shown upon arrival in Spain due to the travel restrictions. Regular sanitation of the high-usage and high-traffic areas of Fira Barcelona - Gran Via will be among the implemented safety measures as well. 

A Brief Overview of Mobile World Congress

What will the future of mobile communication and the mobile industry bring? Come to find out at the top international congress on the subject – Mobile World Congress. The international event is all about innovations, and you will see an impressive line-up of developers that debut their cutting-edge products and concepts during a packed program in Barcelona, Spain. It’s a fast-paced ride and the perfect platform to generate media attention for your own digital creation.

GETA ltd specialises in professional accommodation for exhibitions and we work with hotels all across Barcelona. Do you prefer high-end accommodation? Is your goal to save money? We tailor your hotel booking for Mobile World Congress to your every specification. GETA ltd sends you the top hotel rates during the congress within your price range. Just tell us how many people are travelling with you. GETA ltd accommodates groups of all sizes. Book hotels close enough to Fira de Barcelona to reach the exhibition centre on foot. Access to public transport is guaranteed. You can pair your hotel reservation with a number of other services we provide.

Why Your Visit Is Worth It

Mobile World Congress is good for business on several levels. It’s a fully international event with ample opportunities to research and break into new markets. The exhibition portion is enormous, which guarantees a steady flow of foot traffic and potential leads. The costs of exhibiting are well worth the chance to present your brand and products in this environment. Check out the numbers from the first Mobile World Congress since the pandemic: 

  • 1900+ international exhibitors showcased at the event;
  • 61,000+ international trade visitors made the trip;
  • 500,000+ digital viewers
  • 200 countries total
  • 120,000+ square metres of exhibition space used.
  • 1000+ speakers

Industry Relevance

Mobile World Congress has been in operation for over 30 years (the first edition was held in 1987), but until the annual exhibition acquired its current branding and location in Barcelona, it took decades. Initially, the exhibition went under the name of 3GSM World and was held in Cannes until it grew in size and rebranded in the 2000s. Now, Mobile World Congress continues to grow not just in size and internationality, but also in scope as well. 

The product portfolio now goes beyond mobile technology, even though it still remains in the title, and includes immersive content, AI and automation alongside connectivity, digital wellness, trust, and security. Other than to position your products, the exhibition also provides an excellent support program in keynote speeches and panel discussions. MCW always keeps its fingers on the pulse of new technological trends and emerging markets. In recent years, these trends have pointed at the rise in fintech and healthcare software and hardware. Of course, MWC covers all innovations and invites the biggest disruptors and startups to showcase their vision for the future. 

Who Are You Going to Meet?

Google, Huawei, KT, Sierra Wireless, T-Mobile, Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, Telefonica, IBM, csg, OOKLA, Kaspersky, Mobileum and Lenovo are only some of the big names in the tech and software industries to make it a point to attend. Mobile World Congress has the influence to pull major corporations from all over the world. Now that MWC has gone hybrid there’s no limit to the countries that are able to participate. From China, South Korea and Indonesia to Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, all established and budding markets are completely represented. 

The calibre of visitors cannot be beat as 50% of the attendees are C-Suite executives or Directors, and additional 20% are founders and CEOs. Exhibitors have a spectacular opportunity to connect with the movers and shakers in their sector and forge lucrative partnerships. There’s no faster way to generate revenue, elevate your brand and create awareness about your products. 

Exhibitors can receive high recognition during the high-profile Global Mobile Awards ceremony. The conference program guarantees that the exhibition will be populated by top-notch influencers and experts in the industry. You are certainly interested in your potential to conduct business, and we are happy to say that you’re in a great position to win big. 

Additional Value of Attending

As the pandemic continues to reshape the world, technologies have entered a state of hyper growth and innovation. To that end, organisers have fully embraced the potential of startups and their role in the mobile industry by creating an event specifically designed for startups - 4YFN. It has a very simple goal. Give startups the necessary exposure and infrastructure to meet with investors and partner up with other companies. 

4YFN features its own support programme meant to educate and several zones for networking. The Communities Club fosters growth among startups. Its members are tech hubs, accelerators and incubators, coworking spaces and universities. Investors can sign up for the Investors Club, which has its own separate programme. 

Mobile World Congress boasts an incredible overall series of events. Ministers, telecom regulators, data protection authorities and senior representatives of international organisations gather together to chart new horizons at the GSMA Ministerial Programme. Oftentimes, the law and policies can’t catch up to the technologies and this is where important discussions happen. 

Another key event is the Diversity4Tech Summit whose mission is to transform the workplace and the industry as a whole. A diverse tech community only benefits the industry as a whole. D4T now tackles the obstacles before diversity, equality and inclusion. You have keynote speeches from high-profile names and solution-driven sessions, which discuss actionable plans. 

The Outlook for 2023

MWC22 Barcelona exceeded organisers’ expectations in attendance and quality of connections – a welcome sign that the industry is on the mend. So far no information has been released about the upcoming 2023 edition in March, because organisers’ efforts are directed at the next events in the lineup – MWC Shanghai in June 2022, Las Vegas in September 2022 and MWC Africa in October 2022. We’ll keep you updated with any relevant updates, but what we do know is that MWC will firmly remain as a hybrid event. 

Past editions

Mobile World Congress 2022

28.02.2022 - 03.03.2022

Mobile World Congress

Held in a hybrid format due to Covid-19

61,000+

On-site visitors

+/-500,000

Online viewers

1,600+

International Journalists

1,000+

Speakers

1,900+

Exhibitors, sponsors, partners

200

Represented countries

50%

of attendees were C-Suite Executives or Directors.

20%

of attendees were CEOs or founders.

Cancelled because of COVID 19

2,400

Total Exhibitors

109,000

Total Visitors

120,000

SQ M of Exhibition Area

2,400

Total Exhibitors

108,000+

Total Visitors

120,000

SQ M of Exhibition Area

How to get to Mobile World Congress

On Foot

On Foot

from Barcelona-Sants Station is 41 min walking

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By Car

from Barcelona-Sants Station = 12 min of a car drive (4.5 km)

from Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport = 11 min drive (9.8km)

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By Public Transport

from Sants Estació Station take Metro nr L5 for 3 stops to Collblanc station and change to L9S for another 3 stops to Europa (Fira) from where you need to walk another 6 min to reach your travel point. All of this will take you 20 min.

from Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport take bus nr 46 to Pl Europa Station from where you need to walk aditional 450m. This jurney will take you 20 min.

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