Mobile World Congress Sets New Attendance Record for 2012

The GSMA today confirmed that which was obvious to many attendees of this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. This year’s event set a new attendance record for the annual four-day spectacle.

The GSMA says more than 67,000 visitors from 205 countries attended the 2012 Mobile World Congress.

The mobile industry’s premier event also attracted executives from the world’s largest and most influential mobile operators, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies and media and entertainment organizations, as well as government delegations from across the globe.

Incredibly, the organization says, more than half of this year’s Mobile World Congress attendees hold C-level positions, including more than 3,500 CEOs.

“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,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA.

“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,” Hoffman adds. “It’s exciting to see the powerful role mobile has in driving innovation in new markets.”