A cornerstone of Mobile World Capital Barcelona is the GSMA Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest event of its kind, bringing to Barcelona the main mobile telecommunications industry companies and professionals. Barcelona has been hosting the event since 2006, for four days each year, transforming the city into the world’s premier mobile technology showcase.

At its last edition (2015) 93,000 professionals – including 4,500 business executives from industry companies around the world – learned about the latest innovations in mobile solutions, presented by more than 2,000 international exhibitors. 3,800 journalists and analysts from around the world covered the event, reporting on everything that happened across the event’s 94,000 m2, including exhibition and hospitality features.

In 2015 the congress’s impact on the local economy was estimated at 436 million euros and contributed to the creation of 12,675 jobs.

In 2016 the GSMA Mobile World Congress will be held from 22 to 25 February at the Fira de Barcelona convention complex on the city’s Gran Via, along with 4 Years From Now, the parallel event for entrepreneurs, held at the Montjuïc facility.