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Connectivity Unleashed

MWC22 Barcelona showcases mobile connectivity

The GSMA (Group Speciale Mobile Association) reports "a vibrant and dynamic edition of MWC Barcelona", a major connectivity event that just hosted over 61,000 attendees from almost 200 countries. "It was the centre of discussion and debate, the place where leaders in the mobile ecosystem continued charting the future to achieve the full potential of technology," GSMA said in a March 3 press release. Like so many gatherings over the past month, the conference addressed its industry's role in world crises—balancing the opportunities and duties of its companies at the moment—while conversely reveling in the ability to meet face-to-face once again.

"Nothing beats MWC in person, and it was exciting to bring our community – which is so passionate about connectivity – back together to discuss the opportunities that lie ahead." John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd. said. "On behalf of the GSMA, I would like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and partners who came together to make MWC22 so productive, safe, and successful. I also want to thank Barcelona City Council, Generalitat de Catalunya, the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation, Fira de Barcelona, Tourism de Barcelona (the Host City Parties), the L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Mobile World Capital, and the people of Catalonia and Spain. Your support is unwavering, and your creativity, hospitality, and perseverance continually inspire us.”

Over four days, more than 1,900 companies joined MWC22 Barcelona to showcase the role of mobile technology in "unleashing connectivity", exploring 5G Connect via sponsors like Salesforce, Advancing AI, Internet of Everything, CloudNet by Kyndryl, FinTech, and the Tech Horizon. Contributors included entrepreneurs, government ministers, and other innovators spanning traditional industries to award-winning filmmakers. Speakers challenged and inspired attendees to think about new ways of leveraging technology, the association says.

MWC22 by the numbers

  • Over 61,000 unique people attended in person

  • Around 500,000 unique virtual and daily viewers on MWC22 and partner platforms

  • Representation from almost 200 countries and territories

  • Over 1,900 exhibitors, sponsors, and partners

  • Over 1,000 speakers, 97% in person and 36% women

  • More than 50% of attendees were Directors and C-Suite executives, 20% were CEOs and founders, 25% were women

  • Millions tuned into MWC22 Barcelona content via Mobile World Live global syndication and official national and international broadcasters.

  • More than 1,600 international journalists were onsite

Following MWC22 Barcelona, the GSMA is working hard to deliver the full MWC series in 2022. The next event, MWC Shanghai, will take place from 29th June – 1st July, followed by the inaugural MWC Las Vegas from 28th-30th September and rounded off by MWC Africa from 25-27th October – which will return in person to Kigali for the first time since 2019.

"As the mobile industry gathered this week at MWC22, our thoughts have been with those suffering hardship and loss," the group concluded in a statement. "Businesses, governments, and individuals alike are wrestling with meaningful ways to help, even as the conflict continues to escalate. Many of our members are responding by facilitating communication with loved ones and by addressing humanitarian needs."

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