One of the world´s most important trade fairs – and the leading telecom sector forum – The Mobile World Congress (MWC), will continue to be held in Barcelona until 2030 according to an announcement made today. Monday 27th June, by the organisers,GSMA.
“We are thrilled to announce that MWC will remain in Barcelona through to 2030,” said Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA.
“Recent global circumstances have created some of the toughest challenges we’ve faced with MWC, and the strength of our partnership with the Host City Parties was a critical element in our being able to bring the show back. In fact, Barcelona is so intertwined in the MWC experience, it’s hard for me to think about one and not the other.”
The MWC describes itself as “the world’s most influential event for the connectivity industry. It’s where world-leading companies and trailblazers share the latest thought leadership about the progression and future of connectivity. And it’s the best place for networking opportunities with mobile and tech industry influencers.
MWC Barcelona is attended by global mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors, and content owners. MWC Barcelona is the place to be seen, exhibit ground-breaking products and technologies, and make remarkable connections with senior decision-makers, creators, and innovators in the industry.
The MWC has been held in Barcelona since 2006, and apart from the cancelled 2020 fair and scaled down 2021/2 fairs due to the pandemic – it has continued to grow into a truly global event.
John Hoffman, the CEO of GSMA said: “Barcelona is so much more than the city where MWC occurs. We’ve not just grown the event since our move to Barcelona but evolved it to include an entire ecosystem. The hospitality and people of the city and the true partnership we experience at every level means Barcelona is an intricate part of what the GSMA wants to create through MWC.”
“This is an exciting time for the mobile ecosystem and the tech sector, and I couldn’t be happier that Barcelona remains the Capital of that activity,” he added.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez tweeted: “Fantastic news! Barcelona establishes itself as the capital of innovation in the mobility and telecommunications ecosystem.”