MWC 2021 has Been Rescheduled to June Next Year

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, GSMA announced that they will be rescheduling all MWC events 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. Moving MWC21 Barcelona, initially scheduled for the first week of March 2021, allows the GSMA to contend with external circumstances related to Covid-19.

The GSMA is committed to making MWC21 Barcelona a unique, unmissable experience with the addition of some virtual elements to complement the overwhelming demand to not convene physically. 

Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA said that with a continuously changing global outlook and following consultation with their board and membership and their top exhibitors, they have taken the careful decision to reschedule MWC21 Shanghai in February, and MWC21 Barcelona in June. The health and safety of their exhibitors, attendees, staff and the people of Barcelona are of paramount importance to them. The rescheduling respects the global circumstance surrounding Covid-19. It recognizes that both events are catalysts in the mobile ecosystem; they are platforms for launching new products and innovations, bringing together decision and deal makers.

The GSMA continues to work closely with the Host City Parties, and the decision to change the date of MWC21 Barcelona follows a period of planning and consultation with all major stakeholders. The date changes also ensure that 2021 reverts to a full annual cycle of MWC events between Shanghai, Barcelona and LA. Both the Host City Parties and the GSMA board support the decision of the GSMA. Pau Relat, President of Governing board of Fira de Barcelona fully supported the GSMA’s decision to reschedule the dates for MWC Barcelona and are deeply committed to making the best possible 2021 edition.

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