GSMA predicts biggest ever MWC for 2011

February 5, 2011

Plus where the free Wi-Fi is
by Hans Cett

The GSMA has just put out a very confident missive saying that by looking at the key numbers for the MWC show  it, ” is confident that 2011 will be our biggest and best ever.”

For example, some 1,361 exhibitors will be showcasing their products, although the GSMA doesn’t give a figure for 2010.

It also says that 54 per cent of all MWC attendees were at C-Level in 2010 – “a number that we expect to exceed this year.”

Of course, to get the best access to C-Level leaders at MWC, the organiser suggest attendees upgrade to a Platinum Pass costing a mere €4,999!

There’s also two completely new forum sessions: – the LTE Forum and the Mobile Cloud Forum.

The number of App Developer Conferences @ the MWC show has risen to ten and includes the first ever Apple iOS App Developer Conference organised in conjunction with the MacWorld Mobile ADC.

You have to register for the Apple and other developer conference here . Of course, the organiser says that once registered, these conferences are free for all developers and app professionals. However, you still need a ticket to get into the MWC itself.

Perhaps the most useful piece of information is that Cisco is sponsoring no fewer than ten free and high quality hot spots. So you can make all of those naughty VoIP calls for free. They are located in Halls 2, 4, 5 and 7.

Here’s the complete list. Hall 2 – Networking Lounge; Hall 4 – VIP Networking Lounge & Business Centre; Hall 5 Soft seating area + Auditoria 1 and 2 + Rooms 1, 2, 3. Also covered is the Congress Lunch restaurant in Hall 5.1. Finally in Hall 7 ADC Auditoria + App Lounge + GSMA Seminar Theatre.

Cisco Wi-Fi logo Anyone feel like creating a map? Watch out for this logo as a clue to where the free hotspots are.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that other Wi-Fi hotspots created for product demonstrations won’t interfere with each other!



  1. […] Spain. Earlier this month, the GSMA predicted that the mobile industry trade show would be its biggest and best ever—and that’s certainly proving to be the case for Comptel. We had well over pre-set 100 meetings […]

  2. […] It hasn’t been difficult to spot a trend developing amongst those attending the MWC 2011 show in the Fira (the exhibition grounds) it is obviously hard to obtain decent Wi-Fi access. prominent UK journalist, David Meyer [@superglaze] has tweeted that “Wi-Fi @ MWC11 continues to be a world of hurt.” he goes on to say, “I would say DIE WIFI DIE, but it’s already trying very hard to do just that.” But what’s this? According to Leila Makki [@LeilaMakki], the problems aren’t limited to the Fira – they are affecting the HTC press conference where live demos by the leading handset provider apparently failed. According to near- definitive guide to the MWC show from Unwired View here (see Countdown2MWC passim), the HTC press conference actually took place at the Teatre Lliure,  Plaça Margarida Xirgu. Somebody forgot to check the venue out properly, obviously. Anyway, if it helps Countdown2MWC previously published a list of the official Cisco sponsored Wi-Fi hotspots in the Fira here. […]

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