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<< [3/13/2012] 16 years after this stream bubbled out of the ground to join the mighty river of Cyberspace >>
Today we are closing on 17 years from the date this board (the 1st QUALCOMM discussion board in cyberspace) was founded. I stumbled across it when doing a Lycos or AltaVista search on 'Qualcomm' a few weeks after you founded the board and just before Nils Mork-Ulne founded the original SI Nokia board. I had just become a friendly user in BAM's CDMA Trenton NJ trials which were about to commence and a few months earlier I had made the first of several trips to Cannes France to attend GSMA's 9th annual GSM World gathering of GSM network operators where my then company was exhibiting along with perhaps at most a hundred or so other companies involved in the digital mobile wireless industry.
A lot has certainly transpired since then. By 2006 GSM World attendance had outgrown Cannes and in 2007 Barcelona Spain had become host to GSMA's annual exposition which became 3GSM World and then the Mobile World Congress (MWC). MWC 2013 kicks off this evening at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona.
The expo doors open tomorrow morning and the event will conclude on Thursday. 2012 saw MWC's largest ever attendance -- more than 67,000. Fira Gran Via is significantly larger than MWC's previous Barcelona location, and all exhibition halls are now under one roof. Over 70,000 people are estimated to be attending this year's expo, including around 3,500 members of the press, 12,000 mobile developers. and the staffs of 1,500 exhibitors who will show off their new kit and devices at the expo.
Dr Paul Jacobs Qualcomm's Chairman & CEO, Hans Vestberg the CEO of Ericsson, and Stephen Elop the CEO of Nokia are all Keynote speakers at the event. A complete list of keynote speakers is here:
There is a MWC 2013 Analyst Preview video at the link below ...
- Eric -