Lifting the lid on Mobile World Congress 2022

Mobile World Congress

MWC22 Barcelona returns to Fira Gran Via on 28 February to 3 March 2022 with the theme of Connectivity Unleashed. Here, Antony Savvas highlights what the show will be offering

The unleashed connectivity in question includes the key battle areas of 5G, IoT (Internet of Things), edge, Open RAN, artificial intelligence (AI), the metaverse and even 6G, with the event once against expecting to attract tens of thousands of attendees, if not the more than 100,000 of previous events, as we steadily come out of the pandemic.

“With a multi-layered health and safety plan, the global mobile ecosystem can convene safely to innovate, network, drive meaningful change and get business done,” say organisers GSMA. The deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni, has confirmed the city’s “political, institutional and operational support” for MWC22 Barcelona.

In 2021, GSMA hosted three scaled down MWC events in Shanghai, Los Angeles and Barcelona, but this year’s event is the big one. The event includes more than 1,000 speakers, over 1,500 exhibitors, 37 country pavilions and the Ministerial Programme for policymakers and industry leaders.

Show streams and events this time include 5G Connect sponsored by Salesforce, Advancing AI, Internet of Everything, CloudNet sponsored by Kyndryl, FinTech, start-up innovation at 4YFN (Four Years From Now), discussions around diversity and inclusion at Diversity4Tech, Tech Horizon and Industry City, co-delivered by Accenture.

“We’re looking forward to spirited discussions, powerful keynotes and seeing the very best of innovation at MWC22,” says John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA. “This year you will hear from many industry leaders with one thing in common. Mobile technology is driving their transformation, and to continue on this transformation journey they will use the week to collaborate, share insights, accelerate real change and conduct business.”

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