The Mobile World Congress (MWC) reopened its doors this week. For the technology and telecommunications world, this represents another step towards “normality”. Although the event was less well attended than usual, it reactivated the agendas of the industry’s main players. Private companies, including Global Voice Group, and numerous technology and telecommunications ministries from all over the world, showed their commitment to the development and growth of the sector by flocking to Barcelona for the occasion.
Connectivity, a driver for development
The main theme of this year’s MWC was “Connected Impact”. The world’s most important event in the sector thus wanted to underline the need to extend connectivity to everyone and generate an effective technological impact. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X, among many other companies, expressed himself in these terms during his intervention: “There’s a need for connectivity in places that don’t have it & where it’s limited or expensive”. A simple statement that highlights the industry’s main objective for the immediate future.
It is clear that connectivity is a technical necessity worldwide, especially in Africa, despite considerable growth on the continent in the last few years. Indeed, the overall penetration rate of connectivity and broadband access is only around 40%, according to ComputerWeekly.com. GVG has been a key player in the telecommunications sector on the African continent for more than 20 years. Therefore, the company is fully aware of the need to make connectivity visible as a crucial driver for the development of these regions.
Innovation & technological creativity at the heart of a vibrant digital ecosystem
In addition to connectivity, innovation and technological creativity dominated the congress. These are all topics GVG is fully conversant with. Indeed, since the beginning of the year, GVG has highlighted the need to combine resilience with innovation and investment in the development of new technologies that help boost the digital ecosystem, especially in developing countries.
For years, the MWC has set the agenda for the sector and the roadmap for innovation. Start-ups from all over the world see this congress as a launching pad to attract large companies. The latter in turn consider the event as the ideal place to capture ideas that can culminate in future investments.
For GVG, as a leading Regtech company in regulatory solutions for governments and public authorities, it is essential to keep up to date with the latest developments in the sector. This congress is undoubtedly an opportunity to take the pulse of the industry, to see where it is heading. It is also a way to get in touch with potential partners and collaborators that align with GVG’s values and its commitment to digital transformation in developing regions.
One step closer to global connectivity
The MWC is a reflection of the sector’s drive to continue evolving towards the future despite the pandemic. It has escalated global issues, such as extending connectivity to encourage digitization, especially in remote and less developed regions. All the companies and governments that have supported it by coming to Barcelona from all over the world testify to this willingness to keep moving forward and make global connectivity a reality.
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