GSMA Celebrates Dynamic MWC22 in Barcelona


“Nothing beats MWC in person, and it was exciting to bring together our community – who are so passionate about connectivity – to discuss the opportunities ahead of us.” John Hoffman, said the CEO of GSMA Ltd. “On behalf of the GSMA, I would like to thank all of our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and partners who have come together to make MWC22 so productive, safe and successful. I would also like to thank Barcelona City Council, the Generalitat de Catalunya , the Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation, Barcelona FairTourism de Barcelona (the host city’s festivals), L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, the mobile capital of the world, and the people of Catalonia and Spain. Your support is unwavering and your creativity, hospitality and perseverance continually inspire us.”

Unleashed connectivity

Over four days, more than 1,900 companies joined MWC22 Barcelona to showcase the role of mobile technology in unleashing connectivity, exploring 5G Connect sponsored by Salesforce, Advancing AI, Internet of Everything, CloudNet by Kyndryl, FinTech and Horizon Tech.

The thought leadership of entrepreneurs, government ministers and extraordinary people pushing the limits of our imagination was expressed on all stages of the event. From traditional industries to award-winning filmmakers, speakers challenged and inspired attendees to think of new ways to leverage technology.

Vertical collaboration, startup innovation and more at MWC22

Again this year, the MWC’s ministerial program has been at the center of the global debate on digital policy. With more than 160 delegations from countries and international institutions around the world, policymakers, regulators, industry leaders and the international development community exchanged experiences and views on how to develop policies for a digital world, to maximize the potential of 5G and to bridge the digital divide. , and achieve global climate goals. As the world becomes increasingly digital, there has been broad consensus that we need more collaboration and cooperation among all stakeholders to expand digital inclusion for all. This year, leaders like Jessica RosenworcelPresident of the American FCC, and Minister Paula Ingabire of the Rwanda not only contributed to the conversation as part of the ministerial program, but also presented their political priorities at the MWC opening address stage.

Brand new for this year’s edition, Industry City, co-presented with knowledge partner Accenture, featured demos from the FinTech, manufacturing and automotive sectors. With a buzz of activity, Industry City was an essential space for the event. Visitors had the opportunity to experience a range of summits covering robotics and smart mobility topics through interactive tours of the metaverse and demonstrations from partners and the GSMA Foundry program.

The 4YFN (Four Years from Now) program – backed by platinum sponsor BStartup Banco Sabadell – focused on the local entrepreneurial startup community, as it hosted over 500 international startups and over 300 speakers to share their ideas on how to move the ecosystem forward. Competing for more than €24 billion in investments, 200 startups pitched to leading funds, VCs and CVCs at the event.

MWC22 in numbers

  • Over 60,000 unique people attended in person
  • Around 500,000 unique virtual and daily viewers on MWC22 and partner platforms
  • Representation of nearly 200 countries and territories
  • More than 1,900 exhibitors, sponsors and partners
  • Over 1,000 speakers, 97% in person and 36% women
  • Over 50% of attendees were directors and senior executives, 20% were CEOs and founders, 25% were women
  • Millions of people tuned in to MWC22 Barcelona content via global syndication Mobile World Live and official national and international broadcasters.
  • More than 1,600 international journalists were on site

Our recognition

“The momentum leading to MWC22 was palpable and it delivered on its promise,” said Mats Granryd, Managing Director, GSMA. “In the spirit of our ‘Connectivity Unleashed’ theme, we have seen how industries are moving beyond simple connectivity to deliver meaningful connectivity, deploying technologies in game-changing ways that will shape industry and society. I thank you to everyone who helped make MWC Barcelona 2022 a must-attend event – and as we transition to an “all-digital” world, I can’t wait to see what we achieve next year!”

MWC22 was covered by Mobile World Live, CNBC, Euronews, Financial Times, TIME, The Wall Street Journal Barron’s Group and over 1,600 international journalists. Featured media partners include C114, Insider Information, Radio + Television Activity Report, Technology File, and TeleSemana. A huge thank you to all our partners and sponsors of MWC22. Your collaboration and support has contributed significantly to the buzz and excitement of being together at this time.

Local initiatives such as Meet and Eat and Beat Barcelona showcased the best in town. Preliminary economic analysis indicated that MWC will have contributed over €240 million to Barcelona’s economy and created over 6,700 part-time jobs in 2022. And again, MWC was a carbon-neutral event .

To look forward

Following the success of MWC22 Barcelona, ​​the GSMA is working hard to deliver the full MWC series in 2022. The next event, MWC Shanghai, will take place from June 29 to July 1, followed by the first MWC Las Vegas from September 28 to 30 and completed by MWC Africa from October 25 to 27 – who will return in person to Kigali for the first time since 2019.

As the mobile industry gathered this week at MWC22, our thoughts were with those suffering hardship and loss. Businesses, governments and individuals are struggling to find meaningful ways to help, even as the conflict continues to escalate. Many of our members are responding by facilitating communication with loved ones and meeting humanitarian needs.

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About the GSMA

The GSMA is a global organization uniting the mobile ecosystem to discover, develop and deliver fundamental innovations for positive business environments and societal change. Our vision is to unleash the full power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive. Representing mobile operators and organizations in the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industries, the GSMA delivers to its members on three main pillars: Connectivity for Good, Industry Services and Solutions, and Outreach. This business includes advancing policy, solving today’s greatest societal challenges, supporting the technology and interoperability that powers mobile, and delivering the world’s largest platform. to bring the mobile ecosystem together during the MWC and M360 series of events.

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