One of biggest annual events in the smartphone world is the Mobile World Congress, or MWC for short. But what happens there and why is it such a big deal?
What is MWC?
MWC (Mobile World Congress) is the largest tech show in the world for mobile - everything from phones to drones will be on display. It’s where the latest and greatest mobile gadgets will be unveiled and is a mus-visit if you want to try out the newest technology.
When is MWC?
The show happens every year in late February or early March. Although the exact dates change year to year, MWC 2016 runs from 22 - 25 February.
Where is MWC?
Since 2006, MWC has been held in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via convention centre. It will be held there until 2018 at least. Before Barcelona, MWC was held in Cannes, France every year from the first show in 1987.
Why is MWC important?
Many manufacturers choose MWC as the place to unveil their latest products. This year, for example, we’re expecting announcements about new smartphones from Samsung and Sony, as well as a host of other products for many other manufacturers (you can have a look at some of the stuff we’re expecting here). The show is the first time anyone will see or be able to use these new devices. It’s the place to be to get hold of the newest, state of the art technology.
Who and what will be at MWC?
The biggest technology companies in the world will be there, including Samsung, Sony, Microsoft, Google, HTC, Toshiba, Vodafone, Intel and many more. They’ll have their latest devices available to play with, plus samples of things that are not yet on sale.
We’ll be on the ground to cover all the action, so make sure you tune into The Lowdown from 21 February for all the latest updates from Barcelona.
Can I go?
Yes! Unlike some shows, MWC is open to the public. You don’t need to work in the industry, but you do need to register and buy your tickets well in advance.
To keep up to date on everything that happens at MWC, including the launches of the latest smartphones, make sure you pop back here from 21 February. And subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the best look at the latest technology from the show.