Event FAQ

Detailed information and answers to common questions


Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are organised by category to make finding information easier.

General MWC Information

When will Mobile World Congress 2014 occur?
Mobile World Congress will take place from Monday, 24 February through Thursday, 27 February 2014.

Where does the show take place?
Mobile World Congress will take place at Fira Gran Via, in Barcelona Spain. See the location on a map.

The address is:
Fira Gran Via
Av. Joan Carles I, 64
08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

This year we also have several events taking place at Fira Montjuïc, located just two kilometres away from Fira Gran Via.

How many people are expected to attend?
We expect to host more than 72,000 attendees in 2014. See information about our 2013 attendance.

What languages are spoken?
All sessions and communications at Mobile World Congress are presented in English. Translation services are not provided.

Catalan is the official language in Barcelona, but Spanish and English are widely spoken. Of course, many hospitality workers in the tourist areas and restaurants speak additional languages as well. As an international city and an international event, both the city and the GSMA include symbols on signage to improve communication. If you’re concerned about this, you may wish to obtain a Spanish or English dictionary before you leave your home country.

Who can I contact for more information?
If you have questions about Mobile World Congress or would like more information about any aspect of the event, please fill out our enquiry form and a member of our team will respond to you.

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Hotel & Travel

How do I obtain the flight discounts available for attendees?
Star Alliance™ members airlines have again been appointed as Official Suppliers for GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014. To review Star Alliance™ discounts please click here.

Should I wait to book hotel or airline reservations in case prices come down?
For both items, your best bet is to book early. There are many wonderful hotels in Barcelona, but with more than 70,000 people attending Mobile World Congress, finding a room can be challenging. That’s why we recommend you book your hotel stay through Barcelona Business Pass, our official accommodation partner. Flights also fill up fast – Book early to ensure you can arrive and depart when you prefer.

As you decide when to arrive, we strongly encourage attendees to pick up their badges over the weekend to avoid long queues.

How do I get an international visa invitation letter?
Attendees from countries requiring a visa invitation letter may request a letter when registering to attend. You must complete your registration and provide full payment before the letter will be sent.

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Registration & Passes

Is there an age requirement to attend Mobile World Congress?
Yes. The minimum age for all attendees is 16 years of age. Requests for exceptions to this rule must be made in writing and approved by GSMA prior to the event. Attendees under the age of 16 will not be able to enter without GSMA’s prior written approval.

Can I register on-site?
Certainly, however we suggest you register before arrival to avoid queues. You won’t want to waste time in a queue when the mobile world is waiting!

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