|Fira de Barcelona|
|L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona|
|1987; 30 years ago (1987) (as GSM World Congress)|
The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a combination of the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry and a conference featuring prominent executives representing mobile operators, device manufacturers, technology providers, vendors and content owners from across the world. The event, initially named as GSM World Congress and later renamed as the 3GSM World Congress, is still often referred to as 3GSM or 3GSM World.
In 2014, the GSMA announced that their annual summer event in China would be rebranded under the Mobile World Congress banner as "Mobile World Congress Shanghai".
In 2016, the GSMA announced the creation of Mobile World Congress Americas, an event created in partnership with CTIA to bring an extension of the event to North America in 2017.
The GSMA Mobile World Congress usually takes place in February but occasionally the show occurs the first week of March. The location is the Fira Gran Via venue in Barcelona, Spain. Annual attendance is generally more than 100,000 people. Up until 2006, the event took place in Cannes and was known as 3GSM World. Attendees represent more than 200 countries from across the globe.
GSMA Mobile World Congress 2018 will take place in Barcelona from 26 February to 1 March 2018.
In 2011, it was announced that Barcelona, Spain had been chosen as the "GSMA Mobile World Capital" and continue to be the site of GSMA Mobile World Congress through 2023.
- The 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from February 27 to March 2, 2017
- The 2016 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona from February 22–25, 2016
- The 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from March 2–5, 2015
- The 2014 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from February 24–27, 2014
- The 2013 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from February 25–28, 2013
- The 2012 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from February 27 to March 1, 2012
- The 2011 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from February 14–17, 2011
- The 2010 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from February 15–18, 2010
- The 2009 GSMA Mobile World Congress took place from February 16–19, 2009
Shane Smith of Vice Media during Mobile World Congress 2017
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