The GSMA has announced that MWC21 Barcelona will now take place 28 June – 1 July 2021, moved from its scheduled date in March.
The company says the move will allow it to contend with issues related to COVID-19. The 2020 edition of the mobile industry’s biggest trade show was one of the first major events which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, and was called off less than two weeks before it was due to start in February.
The GSMA said it is “committed and investing so that MWC21 Barcelona can go ahead safely and offer [a] unique, unmissable experience”. The event will also have virtual elements.
MWC21 Shanghai will take place 23 – 25 February 2021.
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 people of Barcelona are of paramount importance.”
John Hoffman, CEO GSMA, added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support of all our partners and clients who remain dedicated to ensuring MWC21 Barcelona 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.”