MWC Barcelona 2016 - The Sights and Scenes from Fira Gran Via

The Mobile World Congress 2016 took place at the Fira Gran Via and Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona, Spain. It is the telecom world's biggest event, participated by close to thousand exhibitors - leading telecom operators and telecom tech vendors and which attracts a turnout of more than 90,000 people from more than 200 countries. 

As the event opened on the morning of the 22nd of February, The Fast Mode started receiving snapshots of the sights and scenes from the Fira Gran Via. During the three days that followed, more and more pictures were submitted by participating telecom tech companies and representatives from service providers. If you missed the MWC 2016 or would like to go back in time to capture the sights and scenes at the event, here is a compilation of all the awesome pics!  

The Fira Gran Via South Entrance - Picture Courtesy of Allot Communications. 

Hardik Ajmera, Director of Product Line Management at XCellAir's Booth at the MWC 2016.

XCellAir's Booth at the MWC 2016.

Here comes Comptel Superhero - at Comptel's Booth 

The supercool layout of the top deck of Comptel's Booth G40 at MWC2016.

'Smarter Engagement' by Openet at its Booth F36 in Hall 2.

Exhibiting in style - Allot Communications Booth in Hall 5.

Drinks, Chocolate and yes, chance to win an Apple watch - at Allot's Booth.

Upclose with the chocolates!

And here's a telepathy session going on at Allot's booth.

A busy corner - Aptilo's Booth G66 in Hall 5.

Men in black everywhere.

All set! Mahindra Comviva at Booth G51 Hall 5.

Part of Mahindra Comviva's showcase - the mobiquity Wallet service.

Not to miss - Sigfox's booth in Hall 8. 

The side view of Sigfox's Booth.

Virtual Reality gear at Sigfox's booth for visitors to try out new connecitivty experiences. 

Netgem's TelcoTV Solution in Hall 8.1.

Sylvain Thevenot, MD of Netgem showcasing the multi-screen feature of their TelcoTV solution.

La French Tech - Where Netgem's kiosk is located.

What's next in 2016 #TelcoTV - A presentation by Netgem.

Netgem shares more information on EE's TelcoTV service it powers.

Here's MDS' corner - Booth i10, Hall 5.

The sponsored data guys are here - Syntonic at Booth B58, Hall 8.1.

Can't miss f5's bright logo.

Optimize, Monetize, Secure - f5 at Booth G11, Hall 5.

Nice layers of banners at the entrance of f5's booth.

Bird's eyeview of Genband's double decker stand at Booth I31, Hall 2.

Nice lounge!

Visitors learning more about Real-time Communications Services by Kandy (by Genband).

An interview in progress at Genband's Stand.

The busy aisles - picture taken by Digital Route.

Lars Mansson and Ola Billinger of Digital Route on the left. Waiting for details on the gentlemen on the right.

The crowd - picture by Digital Route.

Digital Route's Stand at L7MR in Hall 5.

EliteCore's double decker booth just before visitors start rolling in.

Fortumo chief business officer Gerri Kodres (on the left) demoing carrier billing to the European Commission vice president Andrus Ansip (on the right).

Blue and bright - Siemen's stand showcases a number of solutions including its OTT offerings. 

Meetings in full swing at Viaccess-Orca's Booth C71 in Hall 5. 

Viaccess-Orca's TV Everywhere showcase. 

A visitor trying out the Virtual Reality gear at Viaccess-Orca's Booth.  

InterDigital’s booth – Hall 7 Stand 7A71.

InterDigital’s CEO Bill Merritt along with WBA Alliance CEO talking 5G with CNBC.

InterDigital’s EdgeHaul millimeter-wave mesh backhaul technology that delivers a live, functioning virtual reality telepresence use case.

Working 5G access technology platform providing ultra mobile broadband connectivity.

Must see - Underground antenna developed by Swisscom and Kathrein - the Kathrein StreetConnect Antenna - Image courtesy of Marcus Bergagard from Swisscom.

Kathrein StreetConnect Antenna is integrated with Ericcson's modified mRRU, the VmRRU (Vault mounted Micro RRU) for underground installation - Thanks Marcus Bergagard for the awesome shot!

A snapshot of the IOPN Awards night which took place on the 23rd of February at the Bar-Restaurant GLUB, Barcelona - on the left on stage is Erik Larsson, Chairman of the NI Alliance. Winners were VeloCloud, Parallel Wireless and AT&T. 

IOPN Awards party in full swing. 

Deep conversations on DPI at Qosmos' Stand G31 in Hall 5. 

Matrixx's Booth F60, Hall 7 with the theme of 'Powering the On-Demand Economy' 

Jennifer Kyriakakis and Simon Marshall of Matrixx flanked by visitors at their Booth. 

Swedish Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology, Mr. Mehmet Kaplan, stops by Polystar's booth at MWC. With him is Polystar' CEO, Mikael Grill (left).

The virtual reality experience taking place in Alepo's Booth E14, Hall 7 

A ride in the Virtual Reality capsule. 

M2M Simulation showing how connectivity powers the Smart City.

...and lastly, here's Brite:Bill's stand I19 in Hall 8.0.

That's all. Hope that summed up this year's MWC. Thanks to XCellAir, Comptel, Openet, Allot, Aptilo Networks, Mahindra Comviva, Sigfox, Netgem, MDS, Syntonic, F5, Genband, DigitalRoute, EliteCore, Fortumo, Siemens Convergence Creators, Viaccess-Orca, Interdigital, NI Alliance, Qosmos, Matrixx, Polystar, Alepo and Brite:Bill, and special thanks to Marcus Bergagard of Swisscom.

Until we meet again in Barcelona next year, cheerio from The Fast Mode team!



Executive Editor of The Fast Mode | 5G | IoT/M2M | Telecom Strategy | Mobile Data Innovations 

Tara Neal covers stories on strategies and initiatives in the Digital Telco space, and anchors the 5G and IoT/M2M verticals on the publication. Tara holds a First Class Honours in BSc Accounting and Finance from The London School of Economics, UK and is a CFA charterholder from the CFA Institute, United States. Tara has over 20 years experience in technology and business strategy.

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