Event Report: Mobile World Congress 2013

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Mobile World Congress took place in Barcelona from 25 to 28 February. Held at a larger venue than in previous years, attendance was up 8 percent with more than 72,000 visitors from over 200 countries and about 1,700 exhibitors. CEOs and senior executives from a range of industries participated in keynote presentations and panels throughout the week.

This report picks out the key themes of the show and summarises the activities of major mobile industry players. It also analyses significant developments from smaller companies at the event. The report is split into 11 main sections; it does not cover mobile network infrastructure announcements at the show.


Key Themes


Operating Systems




Connected Home

Maps, Location and Context

Apps and Media

Mobile Money and NFC


Further Reading

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