Mobile World Congress 2015

With More Than 93,000 Visitors, Attendance Up By Nine Per Cent Over Mobile World Congress 2014

The GSMA today reported that more than 93,000* visitors from 200 countries attended the 2015 Mobile World Congress at the Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc venues in Barcelona, setting another new record for the mobile industry’s premier event. The 2015 Mobile World Congress featured more than 2,000 exhibiting companies showcasing cutting-edge products and services across 100,000 net square metres of exhibition and hospitality space. More than 3,800 international media and industry analysts attended the event to report on the many significant industry announcements made at the Congress. Preliminary independent economic analysis indicates that the 2015 Mobile World Congress will have contributed more than €436 million and nearly 12,675 part-time jobs to the local economy. 

“As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we are gratified by the record-breaking success we’ve seen this year,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “It’s been a tremendously exciting show, with many major device launches, discussion and debate on the future of our industry and demonstrations of the cutting-edge products and services that customers are enjoying now and will experience in the future. The industry has advanced significantly over the past decade and we look forward to the many new developments that the next ten years will surely hold.” 

The four-day conference and exhibition attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, internet companies and companies from industry sectors such as automotive, finance and healthcare, as well as government delegations from across the globe. Over 52 per cent of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 5,000 CEOs and 18 per cent of attendees for the 2015 show were women.

Leading CEOs Take the Stage at Mobile World Congress 
The Mobile World Congress conference programme featured two Mobile World Live keynotes. On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was joined onstage by Christian De Faria, CEO of Airtel Africa, Mario Zanotti, Senior Vice President of Operations at Millicom and Jon Fredrik Baksaas, President and CEO of Telenor Group to discuss efforts to extend connectivity to more people around the world. The Tuesday evening Mobile World Live keynote featured Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, in a discussion on the impact of recent telecommunications regulation in the United States. 

CEOs and senior executives from companies including ARM, AT&T, Avegant, AVG Technologies, BBVA, BSH Home Appliances, Deutsche Telekom, Dialog Axiata, e-Estonia, Ericsson, Hong Leong Islamic Bank Berhad, Huawei, Intel, Klarna, KT Corporation, LINE, MasterCard, Micromax Informatics, Mozilla Foundation, Nokia, Orange, Peel, Qualcomm, Renault-Nissan Alliance, SAP, TAPTAP Networks, Telefónica, Telenor, Thinfilm, Visa, VMWare, Vodafone, Wicab and Wikipedia also participated in the keynote programme. 

Experiencing the Internet of Things 
A major highlight of the Mobile World Congress was the GSMA Innovation City. This unique space enabled attendees to experience technology in context and see how mobile-connected products and services can improve the daily lives of citizens and businesses across automotive, health, home, retail and other applications, in both urban and rural settings. 

The Innovation City offered a real-world city environment that includes a café, a theatre, shops, trains, connected cars and a dental spa. Attendees had the opportunity to experience immersive demonstrations and interactive exhibits catering to a wide range of interests. The Innovation City featured exhibits from the GSMA and AT&T, Jasper, KT Corporation, Oral-B, Sierra Wireless and Vodafone, demonstrating the very latest in mobile connected products and services. 

The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona from 2013 to 2018. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. 


Source: CNET


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