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GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

On April 11, 2017

GSMA Announces First Keynote Speakers, Continues Partnership with Shanghai Digital Information Festival and Announces New Exhibitors and Sponsors

April 6, 2017, Hong Kong: The GSMA today offered new details for the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which will be held 28 June – 1 July 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The GSMA provided several updates, including the first confirmed keynote speakers, the continued partnership with Shanghai Digital Information Festival at the SNIEC, and the addition of several new exhibiting companies and sponsors for the annual Shanghai event.

“Through the expanded Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference, attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest insights from leaders across the mobile industry and adjacent industry sectors,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We’re also very pleased to again be partnering with the Shanghai Digital Information Festival to showcase the impact of mobile on citizens’ everyday lives and the contributions of the information economy to society.”

First Keynote Speakers Confirmed
The GSMA today announced the first confirmed keynote speakers for the three-day Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme, which will run 28-30 June and will be held in Hall W3 of the SNIEC, including:

  • Edward Tian, Chairman, AsiaInfo Group
  • Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises and Chairman, GSMA
  • Sanjay Jha, CEO, GlobalFoundries
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Kathryn Brown, CEO, Internet Society
  • Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI
  • Rangu Salgame, CEO, Growth Ventures Group, Tata Communications and Non-Executive Chairman, The Next 3B
  • Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm
  • Andrew Penn, CEO, Telstra
  • Eva Chen, CEO and Co-Founder, Trend Micro

Through a combination of keynote sessions and focused summits, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference will examine a wide range of topics, including augmented reality and virtual reality, connected cars, data security, the Internet of Things, media and content, next-generation networks, and operator strategies, among others.

New summit sponsors include Ericsson (Headline Sponsor of the Enterprise and the Cloud Summit) and Qualcomm (Supporting Sponsor of the IoT Summit, Contributing Sponsor of the Connected Vehicle Summit and Knowledge Sponsor of the Future Tech Summit). For more information on the conference, including the agenda, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/conference.

Continued Partnership with Shanghai Digital Information Festival
Mobile World Congress Shanghai will again be held alongside the Shanghai Digital Information Festival at the SNIEC, with attendees having access to both events. The Festival, which will be held 28-30 June, will complement Mobile World Congress Shanghai with programmes, events and activities demonstrating how citizens can utilise technology in areas such as education, healthcare, travel and entertainment.

“Our continued partnership with the GSMA to promote the activities of the Shanghai Digital Information Festival with Mobile World Congress Shanghai will highlight the positive impact of the information economy on society,” said Fu Xinhua, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Commerce. “Further, this partnership will facilitate international collaboration and innovation exchanges to accelerate the development of Shanghai’s information industry.”

New Exhibitors Confirmed for Shanghai Showfloor
Mobile World Congress Shanghai includes an “Industry Exhibition”, which addresses the requirements of business users and will be open 28–30 June, as well as a four-day “Experience Exhibition” that showcases mobile devices, gadgets, innovative technologies and entertainment and will be open from 28 June – 1 July. Newly confirmed Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibitors include ARM, AsiaInfo, CAICT, Casa System, Comtel, DTS, Ericsson, Fingu Eletronic, G&D, Gemalto, Gewei Electronics, Guiyang City, Infineon, JMA Wireless, KT Corporation, Lenovo, Microsoft, Migu, NEC, Nuance, PayPal, Rosenberger, Syniverse, Thundersoft and VIP ABC, among others. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/exhibition.

2017 Asia Mobile Awards Entries Open Through 19 April
Entries for the 2017 Asia Mobile Awards (AMO Awards) will remain open through 5:00 pm China Standard Time on 19 April. Winners will be honoured at the Asia Mobile Awards Ceremony and Dinner Reception on Wednesday, 28 June at the DaGuan Theatre in Pudong, Shanghai. GIONEE is the Supporting Sponsor for the AMO Awards and Supporting Media Partners include Asia Pacific Daily, AVING News and Communications World. The AMO Awards are open to companies across the entire mobile ecosystem and a full list of categories and award criteria can be found at www.asiamobileawards.com/.

Register and Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017
Registration to attend Mobile World Congress Shanghai is now open; for information on registration and pass types, please visit www.mwcshanghai.com/register-plan/register.

For more information on the 2017 Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including how to attend, exhibit, partner or sponsor, visit www.mwcshanghai.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWCS17, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page at www.linkedin.com/company/mobile-world-congress-shanghai, and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mwcshanghai. In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibo weibo.com/mwcshanghai or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat. For additional information on GSMA social channels, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/about/contact/social-media.

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About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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GSMA Announces New Details for Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017

On March 21, 2017

GSMA Announces Entries Open for 2017 Asia Mobile Awards;
Offers Details of Expanded Conference Programme

19 January 2017, Hong Kong: The GSMA today provided updates for the 2017 GSMA Mobile World Congress Shanghai to be held from Wednesday, 28 June through Saturday, 1 July 2017 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). Among new developments, the GSMA announced the launch of the 2017 Asia Mobile Awards and provided further details on the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme, as well as additional companies participating in the exhibition.

“We are looking forward to hosting the second edition of our Asia Mobile Awards, with new categories and awards that recognise the companies, individuals, products and services at the forefront of innovation in our industry,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We’re also excited to be expanding our conference programme for 2017, with keynotes and summits addressing the full gamut of mobile industry trends.”

GSMA Announces 2017 Asia Mobile Awards
The GSMA today announced the Asia Mobile Awards (the AMO Awards) at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017. Judged by a panel of leading independent industry experts, the AMO Awards celebrate the greatest achievements and innovations across the Asian mobile industry. The AMO Awards will include 13 awards over five categories: “Best Mobile Apps”, “Best Mobile Devices”, “Best Technology Innovation”, “Outstanding Achievement”, and the new category of “Social and Economic Development”.

Within these categories, the GSMA has introduced several new awards, including one for “Disruptive Device Innovation”, which will recognise connected devices that deliver new capabilities and experiences; the “Outstanding Contribution for LTE Evolution to 5G” award, which will highlight the pioneers driving the transition from today’s well-established high-speed mobile broadband services to the networks of the future; and the “Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks” award, which will put the spotlight on new and creative IoT solutions. The “Best Mobile Innovation to Support the UN SDGs in Asia” award will recognise mobile innovations in the Asia region that address the challenges set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are focused on ending poverty, combating climate change and fighting injustice and inequality.

Entries for the 2017 AMO Awards will be open from Wednesday, January 25 through 12 April and the GSMA will announce the shortlist of nominations in early June. Winners will be honoured at the Asia Mobile Awards Ceremony and Dinner Reception on Wednesday, 28 June during Mobile World Congress Shanghai. The AMO Awards 2017 are open to companies across the entire mobile ecosystem; a full list of categories, award criteria and deadlines can be found at www.asiamobileawards.com.

Conference Programme Expands to Three Days, Moves to SNIEC
For the first time, the Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme has been extended to three days and will now be held in Hall 3 of the SNIEC, alongside the GSMA Innovation City, from Wednesday, 28 June through Friday, 30 June. The conference will feature four keynotes, each exploring various angles of the Mobile World Congress Shanghai theme “The Human Element”. Held across the three days of the conference, keynotes will include “The Human Element”, “Operators and the Human Element”, “Society and the Human Element”, and “Industry and the Human Element”, with executive-level speakers from companies across the mobile ecosystem and adjacent industry sectors.

The conference also incorporates 12 summits focusing on the latest industry trends:

  • Connected Vehicle Summit
  • Data Security Summit
  • Digital Consumer Summit
  • Enterprise & The Cloud Summit
  • Future Tech Summit
  • Global Device Summit
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Summit
  • MMIX Asia Summit
  • Operator Evolution Strategies Summit
  • Network Evolution Summit
  • Transforming Industries Summit
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality Summit

Confirmed Supporting Sponsors for the summits include GLOBALFOUNDRIES (Internet of Things Summit); LeEco (Global Devices Summit); MediaTek (Internet of Things Summit); NEC (Internet of Things Summit); Nokia (Operator Evolution Strategies Summit); and Oberthur (Data Security Summit). For more information on the conference, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/conference.

Additional Exhibitors Confirmed for Shanghai
The GSMA announced additional companies that will be participating in the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition, showcasing the latest mobile products and services. Newly confirmed exhibitors include FiberHome, Gionee, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Hangzhou H3C Technologies, HengTong Optical-Electric, Hong Kong Applied Science & Technology Research Institute, Lora Alliance, Meitu, PCCW Global, Rohde & Schwarz, STMicroeletronics and Western Digital, among others. For more information on the exhibition, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/exhibition.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017
For more information on the 2017 Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including how to attend, exhibit, partner or sponsor, visit www.mwcshanghai.com. Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress Shanghai through our social media channels – follow us on Twitter at @GSMA and use #MWCS17, get regular updates through our LinkedIn Showcase Page at www.linkedin.com/company/mobile-world-congress-shanghai, and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mwcshanghai. In China, you can follow us on Sina Weibo weibo.com/mwcshanghai or search “GSMA_MWCS” in WeChat. For additional information on GSMA social channels, visit www.mwcshanghai.com/about/contact/social-media.

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About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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