Photo: Barcelona City Council

Photo: Barcelona City Council

Last modified: 23/02/2012

Barcelona is transformed into the Mobile World Capital

Hosting the Mobile World Congress cements the Catalan capital's leadership and benchmark status for new technologies.

At this year's Mobile World Congress, which opened yesterday its doors, has 1,400 companies from more than 200 countries will be showcasing their latest products. The edition is expected to break the record for attendance set last year, when 60,000 people visited the congress, and it will close its doors on 1st March. 45 of the companies taking part in this year's congress are Catalan, triple the number in 2011 and exceeds almost 50% of Spain's representatives.  

As noted by John Hoffman, the CEO of GSMA, during the presentation of the congress, it is important for the mobile telephone industry to grow in Catalonia. For this reason, he stated it was “good news” that every year Catalan presence at the MWC is increasing every year. This year's event, which has the motto “Redefining mobile”, is focused on the concept of mobility. 

Catalan companies at App Planet

The App Planet, one of the fastest growing every year and brings together owners of mobile platforms and application developers, hosts a total of 200 companies worldwide, 20 of which are Catalan. 12 of these companies have worked with the city's local development agency, Barcelona Activa (theChannerDown to MoonSlashMobilityQstodianInQBarnaBcnTouchNeosonoZyncroKailabItinerariumBlinzy and Artificial-Solutions).  

What's more, in this edition of Catalonia Pavilion will feature five technology centers established companies and eight sector, four of which have also had local support in their growth process (UrbioticaOpenTrendsGenaker and FonYou).

An international congress showcasing the latest innovations

Over 120 delegations specialised telecommunications delegations from governments worldwide have been travelled to Barcelona to take part in the congress, alongside the CEOs of leading companies in the sector, including Google, Nokia and HTC, who will be presenting his innovations in the conferences of the congress.

There will also be lectures on mobile applications, cloud computing and mobile health, among other topics. The MWC 2012 will also feature themed forums on topics such as augmented reality and security and training sessions dealing with business strategies, social networks, the media and entertainment, etc. As a new feature this year, the Global TD-LTE Initiative will be debating the use of radio-electric space. 

A strategic sector for the city 

Making the city of Barcelona an international benchmark is one of the municipal government's priority aims. Thus, the council is lending its support to those events that drive the city forward and open it up to the world, like the MWC. 

As well as hosting the Mobile World Congress through to 2018, during this period the Catalan capital is looking to become a permanent technological and cultural hub that boosts the existing industrial fabric, creates new business opportunities and raises the profile of the potential of mobile communication, which is set to surge in the coming years. 

Barcelona, Mobile World Capital 

Becoming the world's mobile capital cements Barcelona's leadership as a benchmark city for new technologies and displays a marked commitment to innovation, technology and knowledge.

In the words of John Hoffman, guaranteeing that the event will stay in Barcelona through 2018 was the “right decision” and, in his view, this fact is amply demonstrated by past experiences and the support received by the Catalan and Spanish authorities.  “Barcelona is the capital of world mobile telephony today and it will continue to be so in the future”, he asserted. 

The Barcelona Mobile World Capital foundation, which is currently in the process of being established, will be managing and promoting the city of Barcelona's status as the mobile capital of the world and developing all of the projects associated with this title. It is made up of representatives from the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, GSMA and Fira de Barcelona.  

The economic impact of this sixth edition of the MWC to be held in Barcelona could surpass the 275 million euro mark, while the economic benefit of the city having been named the Mobile World Capital for the Catalan and Spanish economies has been estimated at 3,459 million euros.

Raising awareness of Barcelona's potential as a landing city  

Barcelona City Council also has a stand at the MWC (Hall 2.1, Stand B26). Every day at midday a talk will be held to explain how to set up a company in the city. This will also take in a discussion of the most important issues to bear in mind when doing business in Barcelona, as well as a presentation of all of the tools to help companies and professionals landing in the city. 

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