Vodafone boss Colao confirmed as speaker at MWC 2013


Operator’s CEO joins the likes of Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop as a confirmed keynote speaker at next year’s event

Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao has been confirmed at a keynote speaker for the 2013 GSMA Mobile World Congress.

Colao (pictured) joins the other newly confirmed keynote speaker, NTT DOCOMO president and CEO Kaoru Kato, as well as previously announced speakers including Nokia president and CEO Stephen Elop and Deutsche Telekom CEO Rene Obermann.

The keynote sessions will also include sections exploring topics such as applications, business strategy, cloud computing, connected living, developing markets, devices, mobile consumer marketing, mobile health, mobile money, next-generation technologies, NFC and social media.

Several new companies have also confirmed their presence on the trade show’s exhibition floor, including Brightstar, Acer, Ericsson and MasterCard.

More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the event taking place at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona from February 25-28, trumping the 67,000 people that attended this year’s event, which was a new record.

Next year’s Mobile World Congress is moving to the new venue of the Fira Gran Via. It is 50 per cent bigger than this year’s venue and will see attendees visit stands and pavilions across 80,000 square metres of floor space.

GSMA chief marketing officer Michael O’Hara said: “Mobile World Congress 2013 is shaping up to be the largest and most exciting edition ever. The breadth of exhibition, educational programmes, meetings, events and networking opportunities coming up in February is unsurpassed, underscoring again why Mobile World Congress os the industry’s “must-attend” event.”