Mike Moore, Joel Khalili, Desire Athow, Steve McCaskill,
TechRadar Pro, United Kingdom

SYNCHROINFO JOURNAL. Volume 8, Number 3 (2022). P. 38-43.


Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2022 is now at an end, but what a week it’s been. After a virtual show in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the top mobile companies returned in Barcelona to show off their latest products and services. MWC Barcelona (formerly, but still commonly referred to as Mobile World Congress) is an annual exhibition organized by the GSMA and dedicated primarily to the mobile communications industry. The event is held in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, usually in February or early March. It is attended mainly by device manufacturers, network equipment vendors, representatives of wireless operators and the press, among others. The name of the event has changed over the years. The origins of the event date back to the business conference “Pan-European Digital Cellular Radio” (the original working name of the GSM mobile system) held in Brussels in 1987. The name “GSM World Congress” was first used in 1990 when the event was held in Rome. Over the next few years, the event moved to a new city each time, passing through Nice, Berlin, Lisbon, Athens and Madrid, before taking place in Cannes in 1996. The event was held in Cannes for ten consecutive years, and since 2003 it has been called the 3GSM World Congress. In 2006, the event moved to Barcelona and was held at the Fira de Barcelona Montjuc. In 2008, the GSM Association, which had been established in 1996 and had shown increasing interest in the event, completed the purchase of the exhibition, changing its name to Mobile World Congress for the first time. The GSMA endorsed the 2008 International Mobile Gaming Awards, which ran at the event from then until 2012. In 2011, the GSMA announced a long-term deal to continue hosting the event in Barcelona until 2023.

Keywords: Mobile World Congress, GSMA, Mobile industry.