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September 23, 2020

MWC Shanghai to Precede MWC Barcelona, MWC LA Remains as Planned

23 September 2020, London: GSMA today announced a rescheduling of its world-class MWC series for 2021. MWC21 Shanghai will now take place from 23 – 25 February 2021, and MWC21 Barcelona will now take place between 28 June – 1 July 2021.

The GSMA is committed and investing so that all MWC events can go ahead safely and offer the unique, unmissable experience that has made it the world’s most important mobile ecosystem convening platform. All MWC events will have virtual elements to complement the overwhelming demand to convene physically.

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA said: “With a continuously changing global outlook and following consultation with our board and membership and our top exhibitors, we have taken the careful decision to reschedule MWC21 Shanghai in February, and MWC21 Barcelona in June. The health and safety of our exhibitors, attendees, staff and the local people are of paramount importance.”

John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Ltd., said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of all our partners and clients who remain dedicated to ensuring the MWC21 event series is a success. MWC is more than just an event. It’s an experience that brings the whole industry together and provides a platform to unlock the power of connectivity so that people, industry and society thrive.”

This decision recognises that these events are catalysts in the mobile ecosystem, platforms for launching new products and innovations, that convene the industry’s leading decision and deal makers. After a period of uncertainty in the global market place as a result of Covid-19, the change enables us to deliver the kind of show we’ve become known for, and means that 2021 reverts to a full annual cycle of MWC events between Shanghai, Barcelona and LA.

For the remainder of 2020, the GSMA remains excited about its virtual series, Thrive, with remaining events in Africa, North America, Asia Pacific, Eurasia and Latin America. For more information, please click here.

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About GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with almost 400 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 the industry leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

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Lara Dewar
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GSMA Press Office
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