The GSMA has announced that more than 107,000 visitors from over 205 countries and territories attended the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mobile ID World and FindBiometrics reported live from the exhibition floor, where over 55 per cent of this year’s attendees held senior-level positions with 7,600 CEOs.
“We had another highly successful Mobile World Congress, across so many fronts,” said John Hoffman, CEO, GSMA Ltd. “We are gratified with the number of senior-level attendees, particularly the number of CEOs, as well as the continued strong attendance of government ministers and regulators. However, we are not focused on necessarily having the biggest event – we continually strive to convene the right audience and deliver a high-quality experience across all aspects of the event, the conference, the exhibition, and the many other programmes and events at Mobile World Congress.”
Among the topics and products showcased at the event featured a focus on 5G, AI, IoT, critical policy, the future of mobile, startups at 4YFN, iris recognition technology, reducing the gender gap, the Youth Mobile Festival (YoMo), cutting edge facial recognition technology, environmental impacts, and more.
“On behalf of the GSMA, I would like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners who came together to make the 2018 edition of the Mobile World Congress one of our most successful ever,” concluded Hoffman. “I’m only sorry that we could not arrange the typical beautiful Barcelona weather for this year’s event.
Mobile World Congress 2019 will be held 25-28 February, 2019, in Barcelona.
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