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All About Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress

Written by Allison

GSMA Mobile World CongressThe Mobile World Congress that took place in Barcelona this year is one of the biggest events in the calendar for phone makers. As with this year and next it is used as a launch pad for new devices. The event itself will again be held in Barcelona but this time between the 22nd and 25th February 2016.

At this event the mobiles that were are likely to buying and using during the next 12 months are put on display. In fact it has now become the biggest event on the calendar for not just phone makers but for wearables as well.

The event itself is organised by the GSMA (GSM Association). This association is made up of various mobile manufacturers and operators that came together in 1982. They did this in order to promote the GSM standard. This went so well that now over 90% of networks now use it in 219 countries.

As for the show (Mobile World Congress) this was first launched in 1987. It was originally known as the GSM World Congress, but the name then changed to the 3GSM World Congress. Then finally they settled on the name of Mobile World Congress. They did this because they realised that periodically the name would need to be changed in order to encompass the new technology appearing on the market.

Up until 2006 this event actually took place in Cannes, close to the beach. But the decision was made to move it to Barcelona and each year it now takes place at the Fira Gran Via. Just like in Cannes the location where this event is held is close to the beach.

GSMA Mobile World Capital

After only being held in Barcelona for 5 years a decision was then made in 2011. That decision was that until 2023 the Mobile World Congress would be held in Barcelona. This was because it was chosen as the GSMA Mobile World Capital.

Virtual Reality Experienced With HTC ViveAnnually the number of people attending the event was around 80-90,000. This year it saw more than 93,000 people attend. The event itself took place between the 2nd and 5th March 2015 and next year is slightly earlier. This years theme was called “The Edge of Innovation.”

But this years event wasn’t all about showing what we will be using in the coming year. It was also an event that helped to showcase new technology and designs. The kind of technology and designs that are in the development stage, but could soon become part of everyday life.

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In 2016 this event will take place between the 22nd and 25th February. Again it is going to be year where one sees the latest mobiles and accessories on show. It is also a place where people again are able to showcase innovative designs along with new technology.

About the author


Allison is a writer who has spent a number of years traveling around Europe before deciding to make Spain her home. Since then, she has spent a lot of time enjoying all that the city of Barcelona has to offer.

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