Mobile World Congress to Be Held in Barcelona Until 2024: GSMA

The Mobile World Congress (MWC), the telecoms trade’s largest annual gathering, shall be held in Barcelona till 2024, extending its present contract by one 12 months, the GSMA affiliation that hosts the congress mentioned on Wednesday.

“By extending through 2024, we are demonstrating our commitment to our ecosystem as well as the host city parties,” GSMA’s CEO John Hoffman mentioned in an announcement. “We are pleased to report that we have had tremendous support and early commitment with many exhibitors for future editions.”

The MWC, which pulls greater than 100,000 individuals to Barcelona, grew to become one of many first enterprise casualties of the coronavirus pandemic when this 12 months’s occasion was cancelled in February regardless of assurances from native and nationwide well being officers that it could have been secure to maintain it.

The one-year extension is expounded to the 2020 gathering’s cancellation and is unrelated to potential negotiations on a brand new contract for the MWC to be held in the Spanish metropolis past 2024, a Catalan regional authorities supply advised Reuters.

After the cancellation, the Catalan regional authorities’s high financial official, Pere Aragones, referred to as for a stronger alliance between the GSMA and the area, including {that a} means to do it could be for the organisers to lengthen the MWC presence in Barcelona past 2023, when the contract ended.

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