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Mobile World Congress returns to Barcelona with force

Barcelona, Spain, Feb 25 (EFE).- After two stripped back editions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) returns to Barcelona, expecting up to 60,000 attendees, the GSMA, the mobile industry employers’ association that organizes the fair, said Friday.

Organizers are expecting the event to return with force featuring industry powerhouses like Samsung, Huawei, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Nokia, Oppo, Qualcomm, SK Telecom and ZTE.

The CEO of GSM, John Hoffman, told Efe this edition would not be “ transitional” but rather one of “growth”, coming from the worst of the pandemic and moving towards a normal MWC.

“It is much more than a transition: it is the future.”

This year’s show theme, ‘Connectivity Unleashed’, will explore the development of 5G connection into 6G, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Everything, CloudNet, FinTech and Tech Horizon.

Hosted at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona from 28 February to 3 March, this year’s edition includes more than 1000 speakers, over 1500 exhibitors and 37 country pavilions.

Smartphones will be at center stage of the trade show, with foldable terminals and multiple rear cameras expected to be unveiled from major mobile companies Samsung, Honor, Huawei or Xiaomi.

Other still emerging elements will also make an appearance, such as the possibilities offered by the metaverse or the NewSpace economy, in dispute between private companies and public administrations. EFE


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