CEOs from Leading Mobile Players to Keynote at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016


The GSMA announced confirmed keynote speakers for Mobile World Congress Shanghai, including CEOs and senior leaders from companies such as AT&T Mobility, Baidu, China Mobile, China Telecom, HTC, KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, Oberthur Technologies, Telenor Pakistan and ZTE. The GSMA also announced additional exhibitors, sponsors, partners and programmes for the annual Shanghai event, which will take place 29 June – 1 July 2016 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC).

“Anticipation is building around Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which is now just six weeks away,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “We have a fantastic line-up of speakers, programmes, events and experiences that will appeal to both business attendees and consumers, and we continue to build on this, with new elements such as the Connected Vehicle Summit, the Graphene Pavilion and more. We’re looking forward to a great show in June.”

Industry Leaders Take to the Stage in Shanghai

The GSMA announced that executives from the world’s leading mobile operators, infrastructure providers and device makers will be participating in keynotes in Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Glenn Lurie, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Operations
  • Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang, President, Baidu
  • Shang Bing, Chairman, China Mobile
  • Yang Jie, Chairman, China Telecom
  • Jon Fredrik Baksaas, Chairman, GSMA
  • Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA
  • Cher Wang, Chairwoman, CEO and President, HTC and VIA Technologies
  • Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI
  • Kazuhiro Yoshizawa, President and CEO Elect, NTT DOCOMO
  • Didier Lamouche, CEO, Oberthur Technologies
  • Michael Foley, CEO, Telenor Pakistan
  • Zhao Xianming, Chairman and President, ZTE Corporation

The conference at Mobile World Congress Shanghai will feature two days of keynotes and track sessions exploring topics such as 5G, automotive, cyber security, digital commerce, gaming, the Internet of Things (IoT), hardware innovation, mobile media and content, mobile identity and personalisation, and smart cities. For more information on the conference, visit

Additional Exhibitors for Shanghai

The GSMA announced additional companies that will be participating in the Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition, highlighting the latest mobile products and services. Newly confirmed exhibitors include China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Goldsun Technology, HTC Vive, Infineon, InMobiles, Juphoon, LoRa Alliance, Nokia, Nubia, the Ontario Pavilion, Oppo, RealMax, Redbox Mobile, Shanghai Notion, Sun-Cupid, UKTI and YAP Company, among others. For more information on the exhibition, visit

Spotlight on Graphene

The Mobile World Congress Shanghai exhibition will feature the Graphene Pavilion, a unique space offering attendees the opportunity learn about graphene-based innovations through interactive demonstrations and prototypes. Graphene is set to have a profound impact on many of the building block components of the mobile industry, such as display, sensor and chip technologies, among others. The Graphene Pavilion is presented by the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) and the China Innovation Alliance of the Graphene Industry (CGIA). In addition to the graphene experience on the show floor, Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov FRS, University of Manchester and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics, will headline in a session focusing on the latest developments in graphene on the morning of Thursday, 30 June.

4YFN: Focus on Entrepreneurial Talent in Asia

The Shanghai edition of 4YFN will bring together more than 100 local and international startups, as well as European and Asian delegations, with a focus on promoting international entrepreneurial talent in Asia. Over three days in the 4YFN Theatre, more than 40 technology leaders will share their experiences and the latest trends shaping the future of digital entrepreneurship. Confirmed speakers include Yossi Vardi, Chairman of 4YFN; Ellis Wang, Senior Director of Product Marketing of Alibaba; and Iñaki Amate, Managing Director of Fjord HK, among others.

The latest edition of 4YFN will also serve to connect the global entrepreneurial community with major Chinese corporations and institutions through a tour organised by Mobile World Capital Barcelona, highlighting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Shanghai. For more information, visit

New Events, Sponsors in GSMA Programmes

The GSMA today introduced the Connected Vehicle Summit, which highlights the increasing intersection of mobility and transportation and will be held on Friday, 1 July at the Kerry Hotel. Mercedes Benz is the Headline Sponsor and Bosch is the Supporting Sponsor for the Connected Vehicle Summit. Another new GSMA Programme is the Drone Summit, co-organised by EJ Krause, which will be held on Friday, 1 July in Theatre 2, Hall N2, SNIEC.

The GSMA also announced new sponsors in a number of additional GSMA Programmes. In the Digital Commerce Summit, China Fintech and NFC Times are confirmed as Supporting Partners with previously announced Knowledge Sponsor EyeVerify, and OSRAM – Opto has joined as a Supporting Sponsor for the Global Device Summit. Accenture and Nokia have signed on as Supporting Sponsors for the Digital Transformation Forum, while in the IoT Summit, F5 Networks and Huawei Technologies Ltd. have joined as Headline Sponsors, alongside Supporting Sponsors NEC Corporation and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and Knowledge Sponsor U-BLOX.

Oberthur Technologies has confirmed as a Supporting Sponsor for the Mobile Security Forum, joining previously announced Headline Sponsor Xura. HTC Vive is the Headline Partner for the Virtual Reality Summit and the Virtual Reality Zone in the exhibition, with Formation Group and VRR as Supporting Partners in the Virtual Reality Summit. For more information, visit

New Partner Programmes at Mobile World Congress Shanghai

The GSMA announced new Partner Programmes taking place in Shanghai.

Huawei will host the Big Video Summit on Thursday, 30 June at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel, while IEEE will hold the IEEE Conference on Wednesday, 29 June in Theatre 2, Hall N2 at the SNIEC. For more information, visit

New Official Media Partners and Strategic Partners

C114 China Communication Network, Communications World and are confirmed as Official Media Partners. Strategic Partners include CCIDCOM, China Mobile Communications Association (CMCA) and Shanghai TD-LTE Industry-cum-technological Innovation and Strategy Alliance (SCIA).

Get Involved at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2016

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About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai and the Mobile 360 Series conferences.



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