The 2021 edition of the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile technology event, has been postponed from the first week of March to the end of June next year. The confirmation came through a statement from the GSMA, the entity responsible for organizing the conference.
With the change, MWC 2021 will take place in Barcelona between June 28 and July 1, 2021. The previous date, which is traditionally the period reserved for the fair, was considered risky due to the proximity and the still high levels of contamination of the covid-19 in Europe.
The change in the calendar can also move the launch window of some manufacturers. Several cell phones, tablets, smart watches and mobile services were first announced at pre-conferences and then displayed at the booths of the respective manufacturers, including Sony, LG, Nokia and Samsung. With the postponement of the fair, it is not yet known whether the brands will save the devices for half the year or continue with virtual and segmented conferences.
MWC 2020 was one of the first major events in the sector to be definitively canceled due to the new coronavirus, especially after several exhibitors gave up. Next year’s edition must be planned with the pandemic in mind, that is, with social distance and strict health standards, in addition to some virtual commitments.
The city of Barcelona will continue to host the main branch of the fair until at least 2024, under a contract renewed later this year. MWC Shanghai also had its date rescheduled: the 2021 edition will now take place between the 23rd and 25th of February.