Mobile World Congress 2018, to be held in a month’s time (from 26 February to 1 March), will once again be an economic manna for the city of Barcelona and its surroundings. For this year’s edition, the twelfth in a row, its organizers estimate that the number of visitors will reach 110,000 and that the number of temporary jobs will be around 15,000.
The Mobile will once again turn Barcelona into the world capital of telephony during the four official days of its celebration. But for economic purposes, the GSMA Fair is not only counted along them, but its importance and effects begin to be seen long before and also after it has been held.
Barcelona in 2015 extended its contract as headquarters of the Mobile until 2023, but GSMA has the pan for the handle in case it does not like some things. Last October, and due to the climate of political instability derived from the Catalan independence process, the bosses of the mobile phone company were forced to issue a communiqué confirming the celebration in 2018… although they did not hesitate to warn that “the situation in Spain and Catalonia continues to be monitored, and evaluating any potential impact for Mobile World Capital and the Mobile World Congress“.