A letter from Peter Jarich:
When MWC was cancelled last year, my team at GSMA Intelligence – the GSMA’s research and consulting arm – was devastated; as any good analyst will tell you, MWC is one of the best opportunities to gain insights into the market and connect directly with customers. And this is why we are all so excited that MWC21 is just a few months away.
In the meantime, we will be preparing a deep set of content and analyses for the show. At its core, this research reflects the Connected Impact theme of MWC21; focused on the promise of what we can achieve with technologies like 5G, IoT, AI and cloud, but also on the very real steps we need to take in order to execute on those promises. This combination of “Vision” and “Pragmatism” drives the industry forward and has always been a hallmark of MWC.
With this research as a backdrop, I’ll be taking time over the coming weeks to highlight what we believe will be key MWC trends this year. Some of these trends will be obvious, like the continuing commercialisation of 5G and telco cloud services. Some are less likely to be headline news, but still critical. Take network and service automation as an example . Leveraging AI/ML toolsets to simplify network and service rollouts is nothing new. But, as we get deeper into the 5G era, diverse dynamics conspire to make it more important than ever: the need to run 5G networks alongside 2G, 3G, and 4G; the added complexity of 5G networks; the introduction of new 5G services and use cases (B2B, in particular); ever more demanding customers. This is why GSMA Intelligence research identified automation as THE top choice for operators when asked about technologies they expect to deliver a positive return on investment. And it’s why we hear from our vendor customers that they will be showing up at MWC21 to talk about their automation solutions and innovations.
I hope you are keeping safe and productive, and I hope to see you at MWC21. My team will be there, because the industry will be there.
Scroll through the 90+ confirmed speakers who will be joining us at MWC21.
Live with UNDP and GSMA: Connectivity rights in the digital age
Digital technologies connect us in ways previously unimaginable. Internet access and the ability to shift to the ‘online’ has changed the way we live, socialize, work, produce and manage data – be it enabling a phone call to loved ones, delivering life changing digital services, enabling new businesses and industries, empowering less advantaged communities and democratising information and knowledge.
In this livestream we bring powerhouses: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the GSMA together to discuss pathways for building an inclusive digital society, ones that maximize the opportunities from connectivity, understand the risks, and act to protect human rights.
• Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
• Katy Thompson, Head, Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights, Crisis Bureau, UNDP
Behind the scenes with our confirmed Keynote:
“What concerns do you have about the worsening covid situation in Europe?”
Q&A with the Leadership Team
“I think we’ve said before, planning in a pandemic is complicated. In fact, I’ve never seen data and information shift so fast!
We have a couple of indicators that give us the confidence to continue boldly and cautiously planning for MWC21. Based on where are today…..
First, we have deep connections and strong partnerships with several stakeholders in Spain. Catalan health authorities have approved our health and safety plan, Committed Community. This plan outlines layers in addition to the COVID-19 safety measures being put in place by Fira de Barcelona. These measures were designed in collaboration with the specialist risk management consultancy Aon, and with the advice of the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona, a benchmark epidemiological centre and have earned Fira de Barcelona the “Safe Travels” stamp.
Last week, we announced that the Ministry of the Interior of the Government of Spain agreed to allow all MWC21 Barcelona registrants – including exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, and partners – to enter Spain to attend the in-person event. Whilst there is a current denial of entry to Spain for any national from a country outside the EU, exceptions apply to specific groups of people, including ‘highly qualified workers’. The decision from the Spanish government now includes MWC21 Barcelona registrants in this category.
We also know that the Spanish government has announced an end to the ‘state of alert’ by May 9th, as the virus’s trajectory is currently positive. This news means the end to some restrictions such as:
• Restricted internal mobility between regions;
• The evening curfew (currently set at 11 pm); and
• Limited gatherings of friends and family in homes.
Lastly, Spain is rolling out an extensive vaccine program that will see 70% of the Spanish population immunised by the end of August. More than 15 million people are expected to be vaccinated by mid-June and close to 25 million by the end of July.
We know not everyone can or will travel to Spain. MWC21 is a hybrid event for the first time but draws on our years of experience virtualising events and our very recent hybrid in Shanghai, which saw thousands join in from over a hundred countries. 2021 is a year to be patient and cautious with planning and with each other. The MWC family is vast and wherever this finds you, I truly hope you are well and safe. Our teams remain ready to help make decisions and clear obstacles no matter how you plan to attend this year. I, for one, will be in Barcelona and cannot wait to see you!”
Stephanie Lynch-Habib, CMO, GSMA
Registration for MWC Barcelona and 4YFN 2021 is now open
“Kaspersky is looking forward to attending MWC Barcelona as it remains one of the key platforms to discuss the development of digital technologies and the essential role that cybersecurity plays in keeping them safe. Following all of the health and safety measures put forward in the Committed Community plan, we aim to provide the best experience for both in-person attendees, as well as those who prefer to participate virtually, thanks to the hybrid format of the event.”
Eugene Kaspersky | CEO, Kaspersky
Say hello to a better travel experience with official Travel Partners Gray Dawes
We are delighted to introduce Gray Dawes Travel as our business travel partner for MWC21 Barcelona. The leading independent travel management company will The GSMA partnership with Gray Dawes Travel is the next step in our Committed Community plan. It is provided at no charge to MWC21 exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, and partners prior, during and post MWC21 Barcelona.
Gray Dawes Travel will help with a range of travel-related advice and support covering Covid-19 considerations and PCR testing; travel documentation and visa forms; quarantine and border restrictions and travel itineraries. Travellers may also choose to work directly with Gray Dawes to book their flights.
Contact the team today and start planning your trip to MWC Barcelona 2021:
Tel: local UK number: +44 (0)1206 716159
non-geographic: +44 (0)8448 553759