The CEOs of Nokia and Firefox are among the keynote speakers at next year's Mobile World Congress, which will take place in February next year.
The conference will shift venue to the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona and will be held from 25-28 February. The theme of next year's conference is 'The New Mobile Horizon' and MWC's series of forums will examine the likes of LTE, the cloud and mobile security.
Ten keynote speakers have been confirmed for the event, including Nokia CEO and president Stephen Elop, Franco Bernabè, chair of the trade body GSMA and CEO of Telecom Italia and René Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. Also speaking is Gary Kovacs, CEO of Mozilla, who is planning to launch the web-based Firefox in the UK by late 2013.
More than 1,500 companies will be exhibiting at the fair including Huawei, Motorola, Sony Mobile, Nokia, Orange, Samsung and Vodafone. The organisers said they are expecting more than 70,000 people to attend next year's event.
Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer at the GSMA, said: 'Following the tremendous success of the 2012 event, we’re excited about building Mobile World Congress in its new home, Fira Gran Via. As always at Mobile World Congress, attendees will be able to experience firsthand the latest trends in mobile, whether they’re on the show floor, attending a conference session or networking with colleagues, and now this experience will be even more seamless with all venues under one roof. We have an outstanding programme planned for 2013, and we look forward to again welcoming the mobile industry to Barcelona.'
Editor: Graeme Neill