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GSMA: Spanish government will make ‘highly qualified worker’ travel exception for MWC registrants

The GSMA announced this morning that registered attendees coming to Spain for MWC Barcelona 2021 will be considered part of the “highly qualified worker” exceptions to the international travel ban that is in place. That ban — and in particular, the fact that travelers from the U.S. and China are currently denied entry to European Union countries including Spain — was one of the major logistical barriers to attending MWC...

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Mobile World Congress 2021 will require a negative Covid test for entry

The GSMA is determined to make MWC happen this year but is having to ask potential attendees to make a lot of concessions to the Covid-19 pandemic. The event, which would normally have taken place by now, is scheduled to start on 28 June in its usual location of Barcelona. But with the pandemic still far from over, cramming thousands of people into an enclosed space for four days is pretty far from epidemiological best practice, so...

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China to reach 822 million 5G subscribers by 2025: GSMA

China is expected to have 822 million 5G subscribers by 2025, up from 202 million subscribers at the end of last year, according to a recent report by the GSMA. The report, called “The Mobile Economy China,” also estimates that 5G connections by 2025 will represent 47% of total mobile connections in China, surging from current 12%. According to the GSMA, China will be one of the leading countries in terms of 5G adoption by 2025,...

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GSMA bravely commits to MWC Shanghai physical event in Feb 2021

All flavours of MWC were cancelled in 2020 coz of coronavirus, but the GSMA is betting things are going to start improving rapidly next year. MWC Shanghai 2021 is scheduled to run as a physical event from 23 to 25 February at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. While it’s hard to know what the situation is on the ground in China regarding COVID-19 due to the opacity of the Chinese state, this decision does at least seem to...