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GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2018


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

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

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

New Partner Events Mobile World Congress 2018
Developed by leading players from across the mobile ecosystem, Partner Programmes, Training Sessions and Power Hour Sessions provide invaluable learning opportunities for Mobile World Congress attendees. Newly added Partner Programmes include half-day sessions with EY and Mavenir on Wednesday, 28 February, as well as a full-day session with IBM on Monday, 26 February. Infineon has also joined as a presenter in the Power Hour sessions. For more information on Partner Programmes, visit .

Women4Tech Glomo Awards Open for Entry
The Glomo Awards will again feature two Women4Tech Glomo Awards. The awards for “Women4Tech – Industry Leadership Award (Individuals)” and “Women4Tech – Industry Leadership Award (Organisations)” recognise and celebrate leadership in initiatives to encourage and retain women and girls in the telecommunications industry or the broader mobile ecosystem. The awards are open for entry through Wednesday, 22 November and the winners will be announced at the Women4Tech Summit taking place on Thursday, 1 March 2018 at Mobile World Congress. For more information on the awards, including categories and submission details, visit More information on the Women4Tech programme is available at

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress 2018
For more information on Mobile World Congress 2018, including how to attend, exhibit or sponsor, visit Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC18, on our LinkedIn Mobile World Congress page or on Facebook at For additional information on GSMA social channels, visit

The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona through 2023. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. For more information on the Mobile World Capital, visit


About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

Contact information

For the GSMA
Clare Fenny
+44 20 7067 0749
Pau Guerrero / Gloria Almirall
+34 93 236 09 00
GSMA Press Office

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