You may well know the Mobile World Congress, considered as one of the industry’s largest exhibition. Abbreviated as MWC, it has been held in Barcelona, Spain for some years now (from 2005, specifically).

But now, the organizer just announced that a ‘copy’ from the Mobile World Congress will be held in San Francisco, USA, in September 2017.

Hello, Mobile World Congress Americas

Named as “GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas“, the event itself aims to create a global community of companies, media, mobile-related services, content providers and applications that will remain in contact throughout the year.

The committee has chosen San Francisco as an optimal spotlight for the North American ecosystem that is continuously growing.

In fact, the North American mobile industry has been the strongest performing of any developed region globally, leading innovation in hardware, access technologies, operating systems and new apps and services.

30,000 industry professionals expected!

Mobile World Congress Americas will put a spotlight on this innovation and will support the continued growth of the mobile ecosystem in the region

Also, the GSMA MWC Americas would be considered as a ‘new presentation cycle’ for companies outside of Barcelona. The committee expects that some 30,000 industry professionals and 1,000 exhibitors would be part of this massive event.

That, as well, is an optimistic scenario, which still may be far away from the 100,000 people that attend Mobile World Congress at Barcelona on average.

Plus, the industry has considered Barcelona as a major scenario not only for attendance metrics, but for milestones that have taken place there. For example, Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia was negotiated during the last Mobile World Congress, in Juan Carlos I hotel (near the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya).

As of today, GSMA states that Barcelona’s MWC edition will continue to be realized at least until 2023. Until then, both editions will be held.


A little more about the GSMA Mobile World Congress

The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world.

The event, initially named as GSM World Congress and later renamed as the 3GSM World Congress, is still often referred to as 3GSM or 3GSM World.

The GSMA Mobile World Congress usually takes place in February but occasionally the show occurs the first week of March. The location is the Fira Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

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