GSMA Unveils MWC Barcelona ‘Committed Community’

GSMA Unveils MWC Barcelona ‘Committed Community’

As MWC Barcelona returns for another in-person event in 2022, the health and safety of staff, workers, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, partners, and the local community, remain the number one priority. The GSMA developed and rolled out its health and safety plan, Committed Community for the MWC series in 2021 and events in Barcelona, Shanghai and Los Angeles continued safely. Developed and updated in partnership with health experts, the Host City Parties and, Fira Barcelona, the plan reflects global developments, local guidance and, the GSMA’s experience in bringing people together over the past year.

GSMA Unveils MWC Barcelona ‘Committed Community’

John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd. said:

“Success for MWC is only possible through the support of public-private partnerships and first responders’ support given the dynamic nature of the pandemic. I am grateful for them and the partners and experts with whom we are working to ensure our response and plans are sensitive to the situation, reflecting everything we’ve learned about managing at this moment. Health and safety remain our top priority, and our updated Committed Community plan reflects that. I look forward to seeing you in Barcelona in February”

To enter the venue, staff, workers, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers and partners will need to upload documentation certifying their vaccination status, a certificate of recovery, or a negative COVID test through the registration system or to the MWC App. Quirónprevención, the official medical partner for MWC22, will validate these documents and will also provide hospitality and medical support over the phone in 10 languages, 24/7 for the duration of the event. FFP2 masks will again be required, occupancy monitored, ventilation enhanced and, cleaning and sanitation increased.

Insurance Offer

The GSMA has arranged, in partnership with Fira Barcelona, Contingency COVID-19 health insurance through Europe Assistance for the duration of the event, including official build-up and dismantling days.

2022 Travel Partner

The GSMA is delighted that leading independent travel management company Gray Dawes is back as our dedicated business travel partner. They will provide on-call support and consultancy for all those travelling to participate in MWC22.

2022 Hotel Partner

Once again, the GSMA has selected bnetwork as the official accommodation agency of MWC22. Offering a wide range of options from serviced apartments to hotels, attendees can book now according to own needs and preferences.

Planning for MWC this year may include additional steps to ensure compliance with new protocols. The GSMA appreciates the role each of us plays in creating a safe environment and commits to sharing the latest news and updates. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive MWC22 communications or check our website often.

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Registration is now open for MWC Barcelona 2022. Click here to ensure you ensure your attendance.


2020 GLOMO Awards

GSMA Announces Winners of the 2020 GLOMO Awards

The GSMA announced winners of the 2020 Global Mobile (GLOMO) Awards. The GLOMOs showcase those companies and individuals that are driving innovation in the rapidly evolving mobile industry.

GSMA Announces New Keynote Speakers, Event Updates for 2019 “MWC19 Los Angeles, in Partnership with CTIA”

The GSMA provided further updates for the upcoming MWC19 Los Angeles, including recently confirmed high-profile keynote speakers, new programs and events, and additional exhibitors and partners.

GSMA Estimates 5G’s Potential To Add Billions To Global Economy

According to a new report launched today by the GSMA, unlocking spectrum for the mobile industry to deliver innovative 5G services across different industry sectors could add $565 billion to global GDP and $152 billion in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034 .

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2018

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2018

The GSMA confirmed the first keynote speakers for the Mobile World Congress conference, which will be held across all four days of the event. The speakers announced today

GSMA to Announce Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

GSMA to Announce Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The world’s best opportunity for mobile industry networking and the annual Global Mobile Awards ceremony which recognizes the most innovative mobile solutions and initiatives

GSMA to Indicate Mobile Industry’s Strong Progress of Completing SDGs

GSMA to Indicate Mobile Industry’s Strong Progress of Completing SDGs

In United Nations General Assembly Week, GSMA said that the telecom industry is creating strong development in succeeding the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

GSMA-Central Asian Cellular Forum Sign Agreement to Deliver Training Across the Region

GSMA-Central Asian Cellular Forum Sign Agreement to Deliver Training Across the Region

The GSMA Capacity Building Programme and the Central Asian Cellular Forum (CACF) based in Islamabad-Pakistan, signed a strategic agreement to deliver GSMA course content in several countries across Central Asia.

Mobile Excellence Awards

Government of Pakistan Recognized at GSMA Mobile Excellence Awards

GSMA has recognized the government the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the mobile industry’s prestigious Government Mobile Excellence Awards, which honor governments’ significant achievements in driving growth in the use of mobile services and maximizing the socio-economic impact of the mobile industry in their respective countries.

This year, the Government Mobile Excellence Awards comprised two categories: Government Leadership and Spectrum for Mobile Broadband. The government leadership award was presented to the government of Brazil whereas Pakistan won the award for Spectrum for Mobile Broadband. The awards acknowledge government policies and regulation that encourage investment and support transparency, competition and regulatory independence.

The governments of Brazil and Pakistan have demonstrated a clear commitment to putting mobile at the top of their digital agendas. We encourage administrations from around the globe to be inspired by their achievements and adopt similar best practice measures in order to encourage greater mobile industry investment, support innovation and increase the provision of mobile services for their citizens.”

Tom Phillips, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA

Government Leadership Award – Government of Brazil

The 2015 Government Leadership Award was presented to the Government of Brazil and the Honorable Minister of Communications, His Excellency Mr. Ricardo Berzoini. The award recognizes a number of policy approaches adopted in 2014 that have underpinned phenomenal growth in the broadband subscriber base and have led to Brazil having the highest proportion of 3G connections in Latin America.

Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award – Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

The 2015 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award was presented to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication, Her Excellency Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan. In April 2014, the Ministry of Information Technology successfully auctioned spectrum for 3G/4G services in Pakistan in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands. Since then, there has been a rapid uptake of 3G services, bringing significant benefits to consumers and the national economy, and providing huge growth potential for industry players including operators, device manufacturers, application developers and distributors.

The rapid roll-out of 3G and 4G services is boosting growth and efficiency in all sectors including education, banking, media, health and retailing, as well as being a key enabler for innovative e-services such as e-medicine and e-education in rural and remote areas of Pakistan.



4G Coverage To Surpass Third Of Global Population This Year – Report

4G networks will cover over a third of the world’s population by the end of this year, according to data published by the GSMA. The industry association said it has calculated that 4G availability will rise from 27% of the global population last year to 35% by December 2015.

Since the first commercial LTE networks were launched in 2009, the number of operators offering 4G services has risen to more than 350 and the number of unique connections has also more than doubled from around 200 million in 2013 to 490 million in December 2014.

As of December, 7% of all mobile connections in the world were 4G, and the GSMA said the number will increase to a worldwide total of 875 million by the end of 2015, representing 12% of all mobile connections.

“The rapid growth in 4G network deployments and connections, alongside expanding coverage reach, has made the move to 4G one of the fastest network technology migrations ever seen. GSMA Intelligence forecasts that global 4G connections will grow at more than 30% a year (CAGR) from 2014 to 2020.”

Hyunmi Yang, GSMA’s Chief Strategy Officer said.

“There is a tipping point we typically see when 4G grows to account for more than 20 per cent of a market that drives adoption of new services. This 20% threshold has already been reached in some markets, and is forecast to happen by 2017-18 on a global basis, which will have a huge transformational impact.”

The GSMA pointed out 4G adoption is closely associated to coverage and spectrum availability. The technology is typically deployed over the Digital Dividend bands of 700/800 MHz, refarmed 2/3 GHz (especially 1800 MHz) or the IMT-extension bands of 2500/2600 MHz. Three-quarters of 4G networks are currently running on these bands, which the GSMA said indicates progress in spectrum harmonization.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the GSMA expects China to become the world’s largest 4G market reaching 300 million connections this year. Despite only launching LTE services in late 2013, the country already has the biggest number of individual operators offering the service (108 in total).

47% of world’s 4G connections are in the Asia-Pacific region and predominantly in South Korea, Japan and China. North America has 44% of all 4G connections.




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