A record number of visitors went to this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with attendance up 11% on last year.
Organisers the GSMA said more than 67,000 visitors from 205 countries attended the four-day conference, which included 3,500 CEOs. More than 1,500 companies exhibited at the fair across 70,500 square metres of conference space.
GSMA CEO John Hoffman said: 'The 2012 Mobile World Congress was a phenomenal success, by any measure. The record numbers that attended this year's event underscore how central mobile is to the lives of people around the world. This is also illustrated by the breadth of companies that participated at Mobile World Congress, with representation from not only the traditional mobile industry players, but companies from vertical sectors such as automotive, health and finance, among others. It's exciting to see the powerful role mobile has in driving innovation in new markets.'
Next year, the trade fair will move from its current home of Fira Montjuïc to Fira de Barcelona Gran Via, in order to provide approximately 50% more exhibition space. The 2013 Mobile World Congress will run from 25-28 February.