What You Need To Know About GSMA’s Mobile World Congress

What You Need To Know About GSMA's Mobile World Congress

Did you know that there is a big four-day global event held every year, which brings together the best companies in the mobile industry?

Mobile World Congress or MWC is the largest global event held annually in the mobile industry; hosting massive exhibitions, award-winning conferences, outstanding networking opportunities, partner programs, the Glomo Awards and much more. MWC17 will be taking place in Barcelona from February 27 – March 2.

MWC in Barcelona on February 22, 2016.

MWC in Barcelona on February 22, 2016. DAVID RAMOS/GETTY IMAGES


MWC has been held annually since 2009. In 2011 Barcelona, Spain was chosen as the “GSMA Mobile World Capital” and as the city where Mobile World Congress will be held up until 2023.

The event is organized by GSMA, an association uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers, internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. GSMA uses this network to represent the interests of mobile operators worldwide.

Mark Zuckerberg as keynote speaker at MWC14

Mark Zuckerberg as keynote speaker at MWC14


MWC17 hosts prominent keynote speakers such as the Founder and CEO of Netflix, Chairman, and CEO of Kaspersky LAB, Founder & CEO of Niantic Inc. (also creator of Pokemon GO), Global Chairman of PwC, President, and CEO of Nokia, and more. The keynote speakers will hold their speeches and discussions throughout the entire duration of the event.

Participation in MWC17 will be a boost for companies in terms of ideas, plans, projects, capacities and networking (if you take a look at the agenda, all breaks are labeled as ‘networking’), a great opportunity for development and in the end be a way to bring better products and services to customers across the globe. The international environment is a favorable space for participants to also share knowledge, ideas, and experiences amongst each other.

Snapshot from MWC14

Snapshot from MWC14

The sessions on the event agenda cover some revolutionary topics starting from advanced and innovative chatting all the way to a fourth industrial revolution. During the four days of MWC17 game-changing ideas will be discussed on chatbots and virtual assistants (the future of messaging), how the mobile industry can contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Virtual & Augmented Reality, etc.

A relatively new area where mobile will be going is health, which is also part of MWC17 agenda; medical devices are becoming more and more portable and integrated with smartphones, so one day we will simply get our health analysis, diagnosis and even MRI scan on our mobile device. This is of course in the (not very distant) future; there are many steps until then but many significant ones will be taken at MWC17.

Mobile World Congress 2017 will be a space where participants can build capacity for further development of their services and showcase global trends in a given industry. Zangi is ready and excited to get the most out of the upcoming event. Rubbing elbows with industry leaders helps us all to grow and become better at what we do.

The Zangi stand at MWC17

The Zangi stand at MWC17

Expectations are high for this year’s MWC and they include but are certainly not limited to: a global boost in the mobile industry, revolutionary advances in technology and new partnerships among those involved. For more updates on this year’s MWC check out website, Facebook or Twitter page. See you at MWC17!


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