His Majesty King Don Felipe this week presided over the opening of the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. Seen as the “world benchmark meeting in the mobile technology sector,” Barcelona has hosted the GSMA Mobile World Congress every year since 2006.
The global showcase of mobile technology is open to companies and individual expert professionals and this year’s fair sees 2,300 exhibitors from 208 countries sharing information and progress with the more than 108,000 visitors expected over the event’s four-day run.
GSMA brings together and represents nearly 800 mobile phone operators and more than 300 companies in the broader mobile telephone ecosystem including mobile device manufacturers, software companies, internet companies and organisations in related sectors.
The King began his visit with a tour of the fair, taking in key exhibits such as GSMA’s “Case for Change” campaign which focuses on displaying the positive impacts of the mobile industry on millions of people and communities around the world; a graphene e-tattoo which records the damaging effects of skin exposure to ultraviolet rays created by the Institute of Photonic Sciences; a presentation from PricewaterhouseCoopers’ about the integral role of mobile communications in the recovery from natural disasters; and smart glasses with augmented reality from Vuzix. His Majesty also toured the exhibition booths of Vodafone, GSMA Innovation City, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona Mobile World Capital and Telefonica Moviles Spain.
The GSMA Mobile World Congress is a fundamental pillar of Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCB), an initiative which aims to turn Barcelona into a benchmark in the area of “mobile” transformation. It does this by generating optimal conditions for companies and experts from varied fields to carry out the transformation, all of it translates into a positive impact on the territory. Formed in March 2012, MCWB is a key engine for the development and internationalisation of the entire business fabric of the mobile sector. It is responsible for managing capital and is governed by a board comprised of GSMA, the City of Barcelona, the Government of Catalonia, Fira of Barcelona, and the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda.