GSMA Announces New Keynote Speakers for Mobile World Congress 2015

Leaders from AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Dialog Axiata, KT, Orange, Telefónica and Vodafone to Take the Stage in Barcelona

The GSMA today announced that more than a dozen CEOs and executives from across the mobile ecosystem as well as adjacent industry sectors have been added to the keynote programme at the 2015 GSMA Mobile World Congress. The GSMA also provided further updates on the event, including new programmes, partners, sponsors and more. Mobile World Congress will be held 2-5 March at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.

“The 2015 Congress is set to be the most exciting yet and we’re looking forward to welcoming the mobile world to Barcelona in just over a month.”

“As always, Mobile World Congress will highlight the latest innovations in mobile, in the conference, across the exhibition, through our partner programmes and at the many events and meetings taking place over the four days,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “The 2015 Congress is set to be the most exciting yet and we’re looking forward to welcoming the mobile world to Barcelona in just over a month.”

New Keynote Speakers at Mobile World Congress

The GSMA has confirmed several additional keynote speakers for the Mobile World Congress conference programme, including the leaders of mobile operators from around the world. New keynote speakers include:

  • Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobile & Business Solutions
  • Dr. Karsten Ottenberg, CEO and Chairman of the Management Board, BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH
  • Xi Guohua, Chairman, China Mobile
  • Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom
  • Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata
  • Siret Schutting, Managing Director, e-Estonia
  • Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel
  • Dr. Hwang Chang-Gyu, CEO, KT Corporation
  • Ajay Banga, President and CEO, MasterCard
  • Stéphane Richard, Chairman and CEO, Orange
  • César Alierta, Executive Chairman and CEO, Telefónica
  • Patrick Gelsinger, CEO, VMWare
  • Vittorio Colao, Chief Executive, Vodafone
  • Robert Beckman, CEO, Wicab

For more information, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/learn/conference/conference-overview/.

Partner Programmes at Mobile World Congress

Several additional companies have confirmed their participation across a range of partner programmes at Mobile World Congress. Twitter will hold a number of educational sessions targeting developers and marketers as part of its partner event. Fujitsu, Gamelab Mobile, Good Technology and PublicVine are also confirmed to host partner events, while HP will hold an app developer conference and European GNSS Agency and OpenDayLight will participate in the Power Hour sessions. Mobile World Congress Technology Training Partner Award Solutions will offer multi-session training courses focusing on “VoLTE Deconstructed” and “The Ultimate Guide to Network Transformation.” For more information, visitwww.mobileworldcongress.com/learn/partner-programmes/.

Over three days, 4 Years From Now (4YFN), an event of Mobile World Capital and the GSMA, will bring together startups and entrepreneurs for inspiring talks and interactive workshops, alongside a cutting-edge exhibition and unique networking opportunities. Each day of the 4YFN programme focuses on a specific topic, with Day 1 centering on the theme of “Disrupted by Mobile”, Day 2 on “The Internet of Things” and Day 3 on “Digital Media”. The event will feature over 150 speakers including such industry leaders as John Malloy, Co-Founder and General Partner, BlueRun Ventures; Martin Varsavsky, CEO, FON; Weili Dai, President and Co-Founder, Marvell Technology Group; Stéphanie Hospital, Founder, One Ragtime; and Mike Butcher, Editor At Large, TechCrunch. Global partners for 4YFN include FIWARE, Audi, Banco Sabadell and Telefónica. For more information, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/4yfn/.

Introducing MMIX at Mobile World Congress

Reflecting the explosive growth of music on mobile, the GSMA is launching MMIX at Mobile World Congress, with an official event party on Tuesday 3rd March, as well as a new music-based forum as part of the 4YFN programme at Fira Montjuïc on Wednesday 4th March. The MMIX party line-up includes platinum-selling artist Rudimental headlining with a DJ set on Tuesday evening, with further artists to be announced. Tickets for the MMIX party will be made available shortly; those interested in attending should register interest via email at MMIX@mobileworldcongress.com.

Enhancing the Attendee Experience with the My MWC Event App

The GSMA continues to develop the My MWC Event App to provide even greater functionality and convenience for attendees. In addition to core elements such as event registration, exhibitor listing, event agenda, speakers, mapping and networking, the latest edition of the app delivers a new interface and features including the NFC Badge, Digital Badge, enhanced networking options, among others. The app will be released in two phases before Mobile World Congress. For more information and to download the My MWC Event App, visithttp://www.mobileworldcongress.com/interact/get-in-touch/app/.

Mobile World Congress Media Welcome Reception

The GSMA announced additional Demonstration Sponsors participating at the official Mobile World Congress Media Welcome Reception, which will take place from 17:00 to 19:00 on Sunday, 1 March at Fira Gran Via. Newly signed Demonstration Sponsors include 4 Years From Now (4YFN), Dashlane, Inc., Kirusa Inc., Privately Sàrl and SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc. The Media Welcome Reception is sponsored by Accedian Networks. For more information, visit www.mobileworldcongress.com/interact/press-analyst/.

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress 2015

Follow developments and updates on Mobile World Congress on Twitter @GSMA using #MWC15, on our LinkedIn company page http://gsma.at/GSMALinkedIn or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gsma.

The Mobile World Congress is the cornerstone of the Mobile World Capital, which will be hosted in Barcelona from 2013 to 2018. The Mobile World Capital encompasses programmes and activities that span the entire year and will benefit not only the citizens of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, but also the worldwide mobile industry. For more information on the Mobile World Capital, visit www.mobileworldcapital.com.

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About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 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 and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.

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

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