About: Mobile World Congress

Cybersecurity 02-03-2018

EU cybersecurity boss eyes hardware as early target for certification plans

A draft bill to set up an EU system certifying the cybersecurity level of tech products is still trapped up in negotiations after the European Commission announced the overhaul last September.
Politics 02-03-2018

Tweets of the Week: Mobile World Congress, Brexit mess, and the beast from the east

Hello and welcome to EU Tweets of the Week. This week, techies swamp Barcelona for their annual congress, Brexit, as usual is just one big mess, and the Beast From The East causes widespread distress.
Digital 01-03-2018

EU’s 5G hopes at stake over disagreement on radio spectrum

Much of the Brussels policy crowd visiting this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona headed home early to monitor, lobby or take part in another round of tense negotiations over a draft EU telecoms law that is taking place on Wednesday and Thursday (28 February-1March).
Digital 27-02-2018

Tensions over net neutrality shake up Mobile World Congress

Sparks flew at a public discussion over net neutrality at one of the world’s biggest tech conferences on Monday (27 February), as EU tech chief Andrus Ansip defended the bloc’s two-year-old legislation while sharing a stage with the American regulator who just repealed a similar US law.
Digital 26-02-2018

Europe in ‘terrible hurry’ as pressure mounts in global race for 5G

There will be growing pressure this week on European companies and politicians as they struggle to keep up with Asia and the United States on launching fast 5G mobile services.
5G 02-03-2017

Connected cars are (almost) here and they are running on 5G

5G is on everyone’s lips at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017, and exciting developments in the field of automated and connected driving are providing a sneak preview into how life-changing a technology it really is, writes Victor Zhang.
5G 01-03-2017

EU telecom sector on track for 5G switch to win the global race

Development of the next mobile broadband generation (5G) is progressing better than expected and the first devices could be available by the end of this decade. But more investment is sorely needed.
Digital 28-02-2017

In Barcelona, cutting-edge technologies struggle to demonstrate their potential

As the Mobile World Congress continued, the "father" of Li-Fi said his LED-based wireless connection technology deserves EU support, while Blockchain developers defended the positive impact of the public ledger on society at large.
Broadband 27-02-2017

EU calls for greater industry involvement in 5G

The European Commission this week will urge EU member states and the private sector to get more involved in the development of the next generation of broadband networks enabling the digital revolution, as the World Mobile Congress opens in Barcelona.
Digital 27-02-2017

MWC17: The power behind the tech revolution

Download PDF  

The Mobile World Congress, to be held in Barcelona from 27 February to 2 March, will bring together industry representatives, regulators and politicians to discuss current challenges and future opportunities posed by the digital revolution.
Broadband 02-03-2015

EU divided over spectrum allotment

SPECIAL REPORT / European member states are divided over the apportionment of radio spectrum for critical public safety – seen as vital to maintain free flows of data in the hyper-connected world – especially in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.
Digital 28-02-2014

Mobile streaming in the spotlight at World Congress

SPECIAL REPORT / Video streaming devices, apps and infrastructure featured high in this year's edition of the Mobile World Congress as the sector is expected to exceed 80% of global internet traffic in the next few years. EURACTIV reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  
spectrum
Digital 26-02-2014

Industry warns radio frequencies may become scarcer than oil

SPECIAL REPORT / While the EU faces the serious risk of a new indefinite delay in regulating radio spectrum access across member states, industry warns against mobile data gridlocks and potentially higher prices for smartphone usage, as frequencies become “scarcer than oil”. EURACTIV reports from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Digital 25-02-2014

Kroes’ future? ‘I’m not going to grow roses’

SPECIAL REPORT / European Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes aims at getting a green light for the establishment of a genuine EU single market for telecoms before the end of her mandate and does not rule out staying in business. “I’m not going to grow roses,” she told EURACTIV in an interview at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Digital 04-03-2013

Firms see smartphones as weak link in cybersecurity

SPECIAL REPORT / The explosion in smartphone use is leaving businesses vulnerable to cyberattacks since almost half of their employees' mobile phones can become a target, according to new research.