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EBR’s Editor-in-chief N. Peter Kramer was among the 101.000 visitors from 208 countries to MWC 2016. The annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the largest gathering of the mobile industry in the world.


EBR publishes its new webdossier: "Mobile is Everything". Mr. Kramer was a special guest of Huawei Technologies.


The new European dream is the so-called digital-single market across the EU, a region with more than 60 languages and a population of more than 500 million. This digital single market involves a raft of new policies that would come into force by the end of the decade, if everything goes according to the plan.

EU-commissioner Oettinger (Digital Economy): ‘Europe is lagging behind’

During a WMC 16 roundtable with leaders from the telecom and automotive sector to discuss the future connectivity requirements for connected and autonomous driving, EU Commissioner Oettinger* (Digital Economy & Society) expressed concerns that Europe is lagging behind other regions in the world

Mobile has also a strong role to play in ad dressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals; an opportunity to shift the world onto the path of inclusive, sustainable and resilient development.

WMC 2016 – Barcelona: Mobile is everything

From the moment you arrived at the World Mobile Congress 2016 in Barcelona you could read it everywhere: Mobile is everything. And maybe it is. It is now an intrinsic element in our everyday lives

Now there is a huge excitement around 5G that will offer enormous potential for both consumers and industry. To being considerably faster than existing technologies, 5G holds the promise of applications with high social and economic value, leading to a ‘hyper connected society’.

What to do before 5G is operational?

‘It is hard to believe that 2016 marks 25 years since the launch of the first 2G network and the first mobile phone call. Now it’s nearly impossible to imagine our lives without mobile’, Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA, said in his introduction to the Mobile World Congress

It looked like the cynical question ’isn’t internet.org just a way to get more people on Facebook so Zuckerberg can earn more money on ads?’ hurt him. He repeated that he really wants that everyone on earth has access to internet.

Zuckerberg warns mobile industry not to ignore the unconnected

Nobody can ignore Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona. He stole the show to appear all through unannounced on stage during the presentation of the new Samsung smartphones

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