2017 Event Highlights

The crowds were greeted by sunshine in the San Francisco bay, while the air was filled with excitement for the first-ever Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, welcoming more than 21,000 attendees from 110 countries and territories.

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Building from the excitement and growth of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, and CTIA’s Super Mobility Week in the US; the GSMA has partnered with CTIA to combine their unique perspectives and experience to introduce the next-generation mobile event in the Americas region. Mobile leaders represented a vast cross section of the industry in the region, and from around the globe; attracting executives from the largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, device makers, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as government delegations.

Over 55 percent of Mobile World Congress Americas attendees held senior-level positions, including more than 2,400 CEOs, and 20 percent of all attendees were female. Over 300 members of the media and industry analysts attended to report on the event.


The three-day event at Moscone Center featured cutting-edge exhibition, a robust agenda of conference sessions, GSMA summits & seminars, partner programs and exclusive networking events.

With 39 hours of content and more than 200 speakers, the Mobile World Congress Americas conference program highlighted themes including networks, platforms, consumer IoT, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, content and media, public policy and sustainability. Kicking-off the event, the opening Keynote was highlighted by inspiring addresses from Mats Granryd, GSMA’s Director General and Meredith Attwell Baker, President and CEO of CTIA. Keynote sessions featured CEOs and senior executives from a range of leading organizations, including 6Sense, América Móvil, AT&T, Bharti Enterprises, Essential, FCC, Mighty Networks, Mozilla Foundation, Nokia, Pandorabots, PayPal, Qualcomm, San Francisco 49ers, Sprint, Unity, UPS and Verizon Wireless.

In the exhibition, more than 1,000 companies showcased the latest in mobile technology, including Amdocs, AT&T, Cisco, Ericsson, IBM, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, PayPal, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics America, Samsung Electronics Networks, Sprint, TATA Communications Transformation Services, TELUS, TracFone Wireless, Verizon Wireless, VMWare and ZTE, as well as country pavilions from Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Greece, India, Pakistan, South Korea and the United States. Sponsors for Mobile World Congress Americas included Sprint (Platinum Event Sponsor), American Express and PayPal (Supporting Sponsors).


Visitors to the GSMA Innovation City saw first-hand how mobile connected products and services are improving the lives of citizens and enterprises around the world with immersive, cutting-edge demonstrations of mobile advances for retail, transport, automotive and more. Participants included AT&T, Google, KT Corporation and MasterCard, as well as GSMA programs including Future Networks, Identity, Internet of Things, and the GSMA’s work supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 4YFN program made its debut in the Americas, enabling startups, investors, corporations and public institutions to connect and launch new ventures together. Over 140 startups attended the event from countries such as Colombia, Greece, South Korea, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. 4YFN featured a competition between 15 startup finalists, with Mobipromo winning the first 4YFN Americas Awards 2017.


Also debuting at MWC Americas was the Women4Tech program, designed to address the gender gap in the mobile industry. The program, which included the Women4Tech Summit, speed coaching and networking events, and initiatives at 4YFN, offered three days of in-depth analysis of the topics shaping gender diversity in the mobile industry. Women4Tech Summit speakers hailed from companies including 500 Startups, Accenture Digital, AngelHack, Anita Borg Institute, AT&T, Condé Nast, Ericsson, GitHub, Google, LinkedIn, Millicom, Nokia, PayPal, Syniverse, Telefónica, Ubisoft, Verizon, Vivoom and Wayra.

The mobile industry’s support for the SDGs was on display across the event. The Better Future Lounge showcased the recently introduced Case For Change and demonstrated how mobile technology initiatives are positively impacting lives and communities across the world in areas such as health, education, climate change, digital inclusion, agriculture and finance, among others.

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Watch the show recaps on Mobile World Live and see video highlights, interviews, and replays of the Mobile World Congress Americas keynote presentations.

Don’t wait another year to experience the excitement, join us for Mobile World Congress 2018, February 26 – March 1, 2018. We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona as we move forward and explore the role of mobile in Creating a Better Future.

Plan to spend the rest of 2017 & 2018 with the GSMA and gain industry-leading insights and education at any of our global events throughout the year.

Next year, MWC Americas will be located in the city of Los Angeles, in the middle of the L.A. Live entertainment district! We look forward to seeing you again September 12-14 2018.