Record Numbers Attend Mobile World Congress

The GSM Association (GSMA) has announced a record number of visitors to this year’s Mobile World Congress. More than 60,000 visitors from 200 countries attended the event (and at several points, it felt like they were all in Hall 7 at the same time – Ed.) 51 per cent of this years attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 3,000 CEOs.

“The record attendance to this years Mobile World Congress is indicative of the impact and importance of mobile in not only technology and telecommunications, but across nearly all facets of the private and public sectors,” says GSMA CEO, John Hoffman. “Mobile truly is leading a transformation in how the world communicates, how business is conducted and how people live their lives. We are very proud of the contribution that the GSMA and the Mobile World Congress have in furthering this transformation.”

The 2011 Congress hosted nearly 1,400 exhibiting companies and occupied more than 58,600 net square metres of exhibition and business meeting space. More than 2,900 international print, web and broadcast media attended the event.

There were more than 45,000 visits to App Planet, a focused event designed to bring together the many critical elements of the broad mobile application ecosystem together in one location. Overall, more than 12,000 developers attended Mobile World Congress this year. The GSMAs Ministerial Programme also boasted record attendance, with government delegations from 131 countries meeting in Barcelona, an increase of 50 per cent over 2010.  

Mobile World Congress 2012 will once again be help in Barcelona in 2012, from 27 February – 1 March. Barcelona is one of four cities which have made it on to the shortlist to stage the event from 2013 – 2017. The others are Milan, Munich, Paris, with the winning city due to be announced by mid-2011.