The most looked forward to event series of the mobile world gets an update, thanks to the unending globally-spread COVID-19 pandemic.
GSMA has announced a rescheduling of its world-class MWC series 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 so that MWC21 Barcelona can go ahead safely.
The press statement indicates that MWC21 Barcelona will have virtual elements to complement the overwhelming demand to convene physically.
MWC Shanghai to precede MWC Barcelona, MWC LA remains as planned
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.”
Granryd believes that this 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.
John Hoffman, CEO GSMA says 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, says Hoffman.
It was communicated through the release that both the Host City Parties and the GSMA board support the decision of the GSMA.