After the smoke has settled, what really went on at MWC 2013?

This contribution is by new contributor and mobile veteran Hugh Griffiths, Director of Digital Potential who tweets here

mwc 2013

Overview/Main Themes

This year saw unseasonably cold weather in Barcelona along with a new location (Fira de Barcelona, 2km west of the previous venue, Fira de Montjuic), which spread the event over a much larger area.

A reported 72,000 people attended on Day 2 (traditionally the busiest), with a mood that was generally positive. The big themes for this year were 4G, smartphones (due to the increase from 1.5 billion devices to 1.9 billion by the year end), regulation, multiple screen experiences and new revenue streams. Continue reading

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