The 2017 edition of Mobile World Congress attracted a record 108,000 visitors, an increase of 7 per cent over the previous year, the GSMA reported. Visitors from 208 countries and territories worldwide attended this year’s event, held at the Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc venues in Barcelona.The exhibition hosted more than 2,300 exhibiting companies from both the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries such as automotive, finance and healthcare, while the four-day conference programme comprised 11 keynote sessions and many more track sessions dedicated to specific industry topics. There were also a record number of government delegations to the Ministerial Programme (including 60 ministers and 78 regulatory authority heads), plus several new events staged for the first time this year across the two venues.
“Mobile World Congress enjoyed another record-breaking year in 2017, underlining its position as the world’s premier mobile ecosystem event,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd. “The theme for this year’s show was Mobile: The Next Element, reflecting the elemental role of mobile in the lives of billions of people around the world. We once again saw a world-class speaker line-up and the unveiling of a range of major new initiatives and cutting-edge product launches, which will define the direction of the mobile ecosystem over the coming years.”
Relocated to a prominent new home in Hall 4 for 2017, the GSMA Innovation City highlighted a range of cutting-edge products and services. Located at the Fira Montjuïc venue, the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) event was held alongside Mobile World Congress for the fourth year running. The event is a forum for the tech start-up community to connect with expert mentors, large corporations and investors. Another new initiative for the 2017 edition of the Mobile World Congress was Women4Tech, a GSMA programme focused on addressing and reducing the gender gap in the mobile industry. More than 11,000 young people from across Catalonia and Spain attended the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo), held at the Fira Montjuïc as part of Mobile World Congress. The 2018 Mobile World Congress will be held in Barcelona 26 February – 1 March 2018. www.mobileworldcongress.com