Will MWC19 Barcelona be a Watershed Moment for Connectivity?

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Mobile World Congress, referred to this year as MWC19 Barcelona, is the biggest trade show and educational event of its kind for the connectivity industry. The conference boasts an impressive list of industry leaders and policy makers as keynote speakers, as well as a topical lectures and educational programs to get attendees up to speed on the latest innovations and trajectory, of the industry. With over 100K attendees, it is also a prime networking event.

Fast Facts

  • Dates: Monday, Feb. 25 —Thursday, Feb. 28
  • Where: Fira Gran Via exhibition center in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Educational opportunities via conferences, seminars, partner programs, etc.
  • Exhibitions and tech previews from the industry’s biggest & most innovative companies
  • Exceptional Networking: 100k+ attendees from 200+ countries, almost 60% of whom are senior-level executives
  • Preview cutting edge innovation and revolutionary ideas that are shaping the future
  • Widest industry reach of any single event


MWC19 Barcelona has an incredibly diverse and wide ranging lineup of keynote and topical speakers who’s experience bridges industry and policy. Some of these industry leaders include Guo Ping, Chairman of Huawei, James Forsee, President of Citi, and Cher Wang, Founder and President of HTC.

Along with these industry leaders, political experts from around the world, including Mariya Gabriel, the European Union’s Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, as well as H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, the African Union’s Commissioner of Infrastructure and Energy, will be giving talks.

Click here to view the full roster of keynote speakers, as well as the conference speaker lineup.


This year, the speakers and seminars will be focusing on the following topics and questions.


5G is the next generation of wireless technology bringing speed, flexibility and agility and allowing for far greater services and performance along with higher reliability. But what is needed to make 5G a reality? This theme will address practical issues like implementation and regulation, as well as more theoretical issues such as the cultural challenges of working with new and diverse markets.


One of the most promising and problematic disruptive technologies, artificial intelligence is poised to have a transformative effect on people, companies, and governments across the globe. MWC19 will explore the potential of this tech and discuss how to manage such a profound technological revolution that will change our professional and personal lives.

Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is broadly defined as the confluence of IoT, cyber-physical systems, cloud and cognitive computing. But what is its wider impact, and how can this be implemented by companies?

Immersive Content

One of the hottest topics at the moment, AR, VR and other forms of richer immersive content are growing and becoming more capable and accessible by the day, and its impact on networks and consumer engagement will continue to grow. MWC19 will address challenges, revenue models, and the tricky relationship between consumption growth and network capacity.

Disruptive Innovation

One of MWC19’s overarching themes is disruptive innovation. It is woven into every aspect of the event. Innovation is increasingly displacing older technologies but, while much of this is progress, companies must still be vigilant and agile to identify and protect against this constant change.

Digital Wellness

Virtually every aspect of our lives now has a digital element, primarily thanks to smartphones. Because of this there is a growing discourse about the addictive nature of technology and connections to mental health.

Digital Trust

With great technology comes great responsibility. Recent scandals and a renewed conversation around privacy and ethics, not to mention the minefield of AI, have all shaken people’s faith in the digital ecosystem. This theme discusses the delicate balance between consumers, governments and regulators.

The Future

What will the next 10 years bring the industry? What are the emerging technologies that will be shaping the world in 2028 and beyond?

Why Attend?

MWC19 will feature an incredible number of educational opportunities led by dozens of event partners, along with GSMA seminars and other instructional and conversation based learning opportunities. The conference is designed to be a one stop shop for everything you need to know about connectivity today and, help you discover where it is headed. With over 100k key decision-makers expected to attend, MWC19 is the place to expand your professional network, and dive deeper into the industry.

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