By Joan Faus and Douglas Busvine
BARCELONA/BERLIN (Reuters) – The organisers of the Mobile World Congress, the telecoms industry’s biggest annual gathering, said on Wednesday they were postponing next year’s event to late June to make it possible to convene safely despite the coronavirus pandemic.
MWC 2021, originally scheduled for early March, will now be held in Barcelona, Spain, from June 28 to July 1. This year’s congress was cancelled at the last minute as the virus spread around the world.
The event, which combines a glitzy trade show with a frenzy of executive networking, will be face to face but attendance will be down from the 110,000 who traditionally converge in the Catalan capital as winter turns to spring.
“It’s going to be physical. It’s going to be face to face. But it’s going to have a bigger virtual component,” said Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA, the