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GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2018

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2018

10/02/2017

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2018

Alongside Keynote Programme, GSMA Announces New Exhibitors, Sponsors

The GSMA today announced that executives from Bharti Enterprises, BT Group, Ericsson, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telenor Group and Vodafone Group are among the first keynote speakers confirmed for the 2018 Mobile World Congress. The GSMA also announced further updates for the event, including new exhibitors, sponsors and programmes. Mobile World Congress will be held 26 February – 1 March 2018 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, with events also taking place at Fira Montjuïc.

“We are very excited to have these executives joining us at Mobile World Congress,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear the insights of some of the leading voices across the mobile industry, as well as perspectives from other organisations influencing the development of mobile. It’s already shaping up to be a great programme.”

Leading CEOs to Keynote in Barcelona
The GSMA confirmed the first keynote speakers for the Mobile World Congress conference, which will be held across all four days of the event. The speakers announced today represent organisations across the broad mobile ecosystem:

  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA
  • Gavin Patterson, CEO, BT Group
  • Börje Ekholm, President and CEO, Ericsson
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and CEO, NTT DOCOMO, Inc.
  • Jim Whitehurst, President and CEO, Red Hat
  • Sigve Brekke, President and CEO, Telenor Group
  • Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone Group

The conference will address key topics such as the evolution to 5G and next-generation networks, consumer IoT, digital content and entertainment, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, privacy and security, and sustainable development, among many others. In addition to the keynote sessions, the conference will include series of focused track sessions that explore specific subjects in greater depth. For more information on the keynotes and the conference, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/conference-programmes/.

Additional Exhibitors and Sponsors Confirmed
The GSMA announced several new exhibitors for Mobile World Congress, including Alibaba, Fujitsu, Turkcell, Vivo, Xiaomi and Zain. These industry leaders join previously announced companies including Accenture, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, Google, HTC, Huawei, Intel, Lenovo, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, NTT DOCOMO, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Ooredoo, Oracle, Orange, Qualcomm Incorporated, SAP, SEAT, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Verizon, Vodafone and ZTE, among others. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/exhibition/.

The GSMA also announced new sponsors underwriting a range of programmes and areas at Mobile World Congress. NEC has signed on as the Official Ministerial Programme Sponsor, supporting a programme that brings together governments, regulators and industry leaders to encourage dialogue on a range of regulatory and policy issues. EY and HTC have joined as Networking Garden Sponsors, while PwC returns as the VIP Networking Lounge Sponsor. For more information on sponsors, including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/about/sponsors-partners/.

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