MWC 2023 – Mobile World Congress

13th March, 2023

Author: Janis D’souza, Global Head of Marketing

Category: Events

Some of the most anticipated devices and technologies in recent years have been unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), as you might know. Held in Barcelona, Spain, in 2023, it was a major event for the city this year.

The Mobile World Congress (MWC 2023) is an annual trade show for the mobile industry. It is one of the largest networking events for the mobile phone and network industry, bringing together manufacturers, carriers, developers, and other key players in the mobile ecosystem. This post covers the exciting events of MWC 2023, held from February 27 to March 3, 2023!

What Happened at MWC 2023?

As always, MWC in 2023 also did not disappoint its attendees. With a slew of exciting events and product launches, it kept everyone at the edge of their seats. Being a mega event for the mobile phone industry, MWC 2023 attracted more than 88,000 attendees from several countries. More than 1,000 high-profile speakers were part of the events, with thousands of other sponsors, exhibitors and partners.

The GSMA Ministerial programme was one of the biggest highlights of the event, with hundreds of dignitaries, world leaders, and industry captains being a part of the delegations and events. One hundred fifty-one countries and other intergovernmental organizations had their leaders in the GSMA Ministerial programme, including the Deputy Prime Minister of Spain, the Chairperson of the FCC United States, and the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO.

The programme witnessed 1,841 attendees in total, 146 CEOs of the top technology companies and mobile network companies, together with 106 heads of regulatory authorities and 68 ministers worldwide. 

Government Leadership Award 2023

GSMA, represents more than 750 mobile operators and 400 companies in the telecom ecosystem, and recognizes one country every year. The GSMA’s Government Leadership Award recognizes world-class leadership in the establishment of sound regulatory policies for mobile connectivity. This year’s shortlisted governments were India, Jordan, Tunisia, Uzbekistan and Zambia. 

Congratulations to the Government of India! for winning the GSMA Government Leadership Award 2023, this win shows the country’s leadership in formulating a thriving regulatory framework and growth-oriented policies for mobile connectivity. India was chosen for its highly successful 5G spectrum auction, the launch of a national portal for right-of-way approvals to streamline network deployment, and numerous programmes aimed at enhancing digital and financial inclusion.

Product Launches

An array of new or developing products were launched or mentioned in the MWC 2023 :

  • One Plus 11 Concept: One Plus released the One Plus 11 Concept at the MWC 2023, which is expected to combine the latest specifications in the market with a sleek design and body.
  • Xiaomi 13 Pro: During the MWC 2023, Xiaomi unveiled the Xiaomi 13 series, comprising the flagship Xiaomi 13 Pro, Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Lite. The Xiaomi 13 Pro sports three 50MP back cameras, with the 1′′ ultra-large Sony IMX989 sensor serving as the primary camera.
  • Moto Razr: CEO of Motorola, Yuankqing Yang, also confirmed at MWC 2023 about the rollout of the latest version of the Moto Razr.

Several other products, such as the Snapdragon X75 5G Modem, Nokia G22, Honor Magic 5 Pro and others, were also launched at MWC 2023.

Key Highlights

The themes for MWC 2023 were OpenNet, FinTech, Digital Everything, 5G Acceleration, and Reality+, several keynote events were held at MWC 2023

A keynote event was held on the ‘Vision of an Open Future’, where Mats Granryd, CEO of GSMA, was also a speaker. A high profile lineup was present for an event titled ‘Delivery for the Digital Decade’ Where Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary General ITU; Börje Ekholm, President and Ericsson’s CEO, Tim Hoettges spoke on the advancements of 5G and AI and how it would impact the mobile industry.

Several partner programs were also held in collaboration with some of the world’s biggest corporations, like Accenture, Ernst and Young, and others. During MWC 2023, the Diversity4Tech (D4T) program demonstrated the mobile ecosystem’s commitment as a whole to the strategic business focus of diversity to accelerate change and impact for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society.

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The Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona was an incredible event that brought together the best and brightest in the mobile industry. With a record-breaking number of attendees, events and product launches, it’s clear that this conference is not one to miss. The success of this year’s event is a testament to the power of collaboration and the importance of bringing together all stakeholders in the mobile ecosystem. We can’t wait wait to see what the future holds for the Mobile World Congress and the innovative technologies that will be showcased in the years to come. 


Janis D’souza,
Global Head of Marketing