MWC Barcelona 2024 Exclusive Pre-event Overview

MWC Barcelona 2024 is kicking off next week and the TechAfrica News editorial team is on-site to bring you the latest news from the show floor.

MWC Barcelona is just around the corner, set to kick off next week. TechAfrica News is proud to be a media partner, collaborating closely with our editorial team to ensure you’re fully informed about what to anticipate from this year’s edition.

With the theme “Future First,” this year’s event aims to tackle both current challenges and those on the horizon. This overarching theme is complemented by six sub-themes that reflect the latest trends and technologies, including 5G and Beyond, Connecting Everything, Humanising AI, Manufacturing DX, Game Changers, and Our Digital DNA.

GSMA brought MWC to Africa with the Kigali edition, and now, at TechAfrica News, we’re excited to bring MWC Barcelona to our audience in Africa and the Middle East. We will keep you up to date with the latest MWC insights and developments that will define the next wave of technological advancements.

Akim Benamara, Founder of TechAfrica News

MWC Barcelona will showcase diverse topics and themes reflecting the forefront of technological innovation and its impact on various industries. From discussions on the evolution and implications of 5G and beyond to the humanization of AI and its transformative potential, the event will delve into pressing issues such as cybersecurity, digital health, fintech, and green technology. Sessions will explore the intersection of technology and sustainability, emphasizing the importance of corporate collaboration and responsible AI development.

This year’s edition of MWC Barcelona will mark 18 years that we’ve been bringing our flagship event to the city of Barcelona, and we are grateful for our unique public-private partnership built on innovation, collaboration and mutual success. MWC is a unifying force that emphasises how mobile technology transcends political, geographical, and cultural boundaries, and we cannot wait to kick off this gathering of the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial minds next month.

Mats Granryd, Director General of the GSMA

Shaping the future with conversations today

The sessions planned for MWC Barcelona 2024 will provide insights into the future of mobility, manufacturing, and digital transformation while also addressing key considerations such as diversity, talent development, and ethical practices in the digital age. With a focus on cutting-edge advancements and thought leadership, MWC Barcelona will serve as a platform for industry leaders, policymakers, and innovators to exchange ideas, foster collaborations, and shape the trajectory of the digital landscape.

X5G and Beyond

The impending 5G Advanced phase emphasizes end-to-end AI integration, envisioning future mobile generations that rapidly learn, self-orchestrate, and introduce novel ways of interacting with devices. However, the accelerated rollout of mobile generations prompts contemplation on patience versus the industry’s quick pace of evolution.

Connecting Everything

The industry’s goal to have 6.3 billion global mobile subscribers and five billion 5G connections by 2030. With over 15 billion projected connected IoT devices, the emphasis lies on developing open, seamless, sustainable, and secure network solutions. Collaboration across the mobile ecosystem is deemed essential for building adaptable and cost-efficient networks.

Humanising AI

Generative AI’s impact is acknowledged, emphasizing practical applications. This includes optimizing processes and tools for accelerated transformation in networks or clouds. The centrality of data and data management is highlighted in fostering natural interactions between individuals and computers, leading to personalized experiences.

Game Changers

Looks forward to 2024, anticipating transformative technologies. AI’s shift from big to small data for personalized consumer experiences, the imminent impact of quantum computing, and the boundary-blurring nature of extended reality are highlighted. The dynamics of use cases and ecosystems are expected to undergo substantial changes.

Our Digital DNA

In the telco industry, sustainability and diversity are now core priorities. Talent acquisition is set to double in growth, but there’s a concerning decline in women in tech leadership. Despite efforts for sustainability, we fall short of UN targets. In our digital future, embedding societal change in our core, our digital DNA, is imperative.

Manufacturing DX

Technological evolution is reshaping competition by offering sustainable solutions, enhancing factory efficiency, boosting production performance, and reducing costs. With growing investments in AI and robotics from entities like the European Commission and various companies, the potential for fully realizing the value of Industry 4.0 is becoming increasingly tangible.

MWC is no longer mobile first, or digital first, we are Future First – and the event brings industries, technologies and communities together, to realise the future’s potential for the sustainability of our society and planet. At MWC Barcelona, you will have the opportunity to engage with the leaders of the moment and participate in the debates of the year, while experiencing the technology of tomorrow.

Lara Dewar, Chief Marketing Office of the GSMA


Intelsat’s dedicated worldwide workforce is committed to delivering reliable and secure satellite-based communication solutions to a diverse clientele, including government entities, NGOs, and commercial enterprises, all through the company’s cutting-edge global network and managed services. By spanning the digital gap and operating one of the largest and most sophisticated satellite fleets and connectivity infrastructures globally, Intelsat empowers individuals and their devices to communicate across vast oceans, connect across continents, and communicate through the skies. For over six decades since its establishment, the company has remained synonymous with pioneering achievements in the satellite industry, consistently serving its customers and contributing to the well-being of the planet.



PortaOne is a renowned software company that specializes in the development of billing, business support, and customer management solutions for telecommunications service providers. Founded in 2002, the company has established itself as a leader in the field of unified communications and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol). PortaOne’s versatile and scalable software platforms cater to a wide range of telecom services, including hosted PBX, SIP trunking, and wholesale VoIP, enabling service providers to efficiently manage their operations, billing, and customer interactions. With a global presence, PortaOne’s solutions play a pivotal role in Africa, enhancing the telecommunications industry’s capabilities and service delivery.



PROTEI aims to provide telecom operators with reliable and proven core network components, offering them a seamless path for network modernization and upgrades, while preparing their networks for the next generation of advanced 5G networks. As an alternative vendor, PROTEI brings a breath of fresh air to the industry, fostering healthy competition that is essential for operators in emerging markets. Furthermore, there is a growing demand for core components in the market for constructing private LTE/5G networks to support industry automation.

Website: Protei
LinkedIn: Protei LinkedIn

Whale Cloud

Whale Cloud, a prominent digital transformation solutions provider, is set to showcase a range of cutting-edge technologies and solutions at the Mobile World Congress 2024. With a focus on navigating industry hotspots, challenges, and focus areas, the company emphasizes cloud-native networks and AI-driven automation as key drivers propelling telecommunications companies into the digital future, offering unparalleled personalized experiences to users. Whale Cloud’s comprehensive B2B solutions, featuring advanced technological architecture and an open-minded approach, empower telcos for sustained growth on the ‘Second Curve’, while its expertise in digital capabilities such as cloud computing, AI, big data, and cybersecurity enables the forging of a robust digital infrastructure. Additionally, Whale Cloud will highlight global success stories and cross-industry expertise to underscore its impact on digital transformation across sectors such as cloud, finance, retail, and manufacturing, demonstrating its commitment to driving innovation and value creation in the digital landscape.

Website: Whale Cloud
LinkedIn: Whale Cloud LinkedIn

Curious to know more about Whale Cloud? Check the video interview from 2023 and stay tuned for the conversation with Geroge Zhao at the Whale Cloud stand during MWC Barcelona 2024!


RAD is a global leader in networking edge solutions. As an industry pioneer for over 40 years, RAD reliably supplies communications service providers and critical infrastructure operators in over 150 countries with best-of-breed Carrier Edge, industrial IoT, 5G xHaul, and critical operational network solutions. RAD co-innovates solutions with customers, offering always-on connectivity from anywhere. They offer Fixed Wireless Access solutions for business services, enabling VPN and Internet access over 5G. This allows enterprise customers to use fixed mobile VPNs where needed, using wireless and wireline branch connectivity options. 

LinkedIn: RAD LinkedIn

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More from the companies to look for at MWC Barcelona – Among the multitude of exhibitors, several stand out for their potential to shape the future of technology and telecommunications:


MwareTV is a dynamic and innovative company specializing in the development of cutting-edge software solutions for IPTV and OTT streaming services. With a focus on empowering service providers, MwareTV offers a versatile and customizable platform that enables the creation and delivery of IPTV and OTT content to a wide range of devices, including smart TVs, mobile devices, and set-top boxes. Their technology is designed to enhance the user experience, allowing service providers to offer interactive and personalized content, video-on-demand, and live-streaming services. MwareTV’s solutions are instrumental in the evolution of the television and entertainment industry, catering to the diverse needs of modern viewers and service providers.

LinkedIn: MwareTV

Make sure to visit the MwareTV stand while you wait for our next exclusive interview with Cees van Versendaal at MWC Barcelona 2024!


Allot is a provider of leading innovative network intelligence and converged security solutions for service providers and enterprises worldwide, enhancing value to their customers. Our solutions are deployed globally for network and application analytics, traffic control and shaping, network-native security services, and more. Allot’s multi-service platforms are deployed by over 500 mobile, fixed and cloud service providers and over 1000 enterprises. Our industry-leading network-native security-as-a-service solution is already used by many millions of subscribers globally.

Allot. See. Control. Secure.

LinkedIn: Allot

Squire Technologies

Globally, over 150 telecom operators use Squire Technologies’ agile signaling solutions to bring order to their complex multi-generation networks. The high degree of flexibility of Squire’s signaling solutions gives operators the freedom to adapt and evolve in ways other signaling suppliers’ products can’t.

Squire Technologies understands why telecom networks must be forward- and backward-facing, enabling users to access services wherever they are in the world, no matter the stage of development of a country’s telecom infrastructure. For over two decades, it’s made Squire the ideal partner for signaling interworking solutions that deliver greater control and reduced operational costs.

LinkedIn: Squire Technologies

#Throwback to MWC Barcelona 2023

Last year we spoke with Lacina Kone, the CEO of Smart Africa, on unlocking Africa’s potential to reach 70% connectivity usage and SmartAfrica’s efforts to drive digital transformation across the African continent. Stay tuned for all interviews coming right from the MWC 2024 show floor!

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