The Mobile World Congress (MWC), the biggest annual meeting of the telecom industry, opened on Monday for four days devoted to the latest developments in mobile telephony worldwide, starting with 5G.
Organized by the World Association of Operators (GSMA), the MWC, a global reference in the sector but more focused on professionals than the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, is expected this year to bring together more than 100,000 visitors who can discover more 2,000 exhibitors.
Most of the world’s leading operators, network equipment providers, cybersecurity companies and start-ups from 200 countries will benefit from these four days to exchange not only on the 5th generation of mobile telephony but also on the protection of privacy, artificial intelligence or future consumer services.
Sign of the expectations of industrialists especially around 5G, the Congress will see representatives of sectors as diverse as car manufacturers or online services.
Several institutional representatives will also be present, from the United Nations to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), through the European Union or the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), recalling at the same time the central place now taken by mobile networks in many aspects of everyday life.
As in previous years, several major players in the entertainment industry will be present, such as the CEO of Niantic, the developer of the hit game of 2016, Pokémon GO, or that of Universal Music Group.
On Sunday, most major mobile phone manufacturers, with the exception of the American Apple, traditionally absent from Barcelona, and South Korean Samsung, who introduced its new flagship model on Wednesday, introduced their new devices, including the first folding smartphone from Huawei and several devices compatible with future 5G networks.
The MWC is held in Barcelona until February 28th.