General MWC Information

General MWC Information

When does MWC Barcelona 2019 occur?

MWC Barcelona 2019 will take place Monday, 25 February through Thursday, 28 February, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain.

Attendees should collect their badge at the airport or one of our city centre locations in advance of the event opening, as services at the venue are limited.

Where does MWC take place?

The event takes place at Fira Gran Via conference facility in Barcelona, Spain. Additional activities will take place at Fira Montjuïc, located 2 kms away. Access the address and more information .

What languages are spoken?

Nearly every language is spoken at the event — we have attendees from more than 200 countries. However, all event communications and signage are in English.

Hotels & Travel

Hotels & Travel

Do you provide shuttles between Fira Gran Via and local hotels?

Official Hotel Shuttle buses are provided free-of-charge for attendees who have booked hotels through our official accommodation provider, b network, and where public transport is not available. Many, many hotels are conveniently accessed by the Barcelona Metro and FGC trains.

How do I get an international visa invitation letter?

If you require an invitation letter to enter Spain, you’ll have the option to request one while you are registering for the event.

Should I wait to book hotel and airline reservations in case prices come down?

We recommend booking hotel and flights sooner rather than later. With airlines, you’ll find the best flight options and more seat availability the earlier you book. With hotel rooms, the sooner you book the better the location you’ll secure. We strongly recommend you book your travel using our official travel partner, b network. Not only are they very familiar with our event, they’re trusted partners who will ensure a seamless, guaranteed experience.

Not yet sure of your exact plans or when to arrive? Most attendees arrive into Barcelona the weekend before the show, in order to pick up their badge and familiarise themselves with the venue and transport routes before the event begins. MWC events officially begin Monday morning, 25 February 2019.

Access FAQs


What is BREEZ?

Biometric Recognition Easy Entry Zone – our frictionless access for attendees who want to get into MWC19 quickly, without having to show their passport or EU National ID every time. It is the fastest and most efficient way of accessing MWC19 and 4YFN. BREEZ lanes will be available at all MWC19 (Gran Via) & 4YFN (Montjuïc) perimeter access points as well as at the Ministerial Programme perimeter at MWC19. Use of BREEZ is fully optional.

Who can use BREEZ?

All registered MWC19 and 4YFN attendees can use BREEZ during event days (BREEZ is not operational during build up and dismantle). Attendees must be enrolled into BREEZ.

How can I enrol to use BREEZ?

You first need to be fully registered in order to enrol via these simple steps:

  1. Provide your consent to use BREEZ and upload a picture to your registration profile (this can be done by accessing your registration account at https://register.mwcbarcelona.com/register
  2. Your photo will pass through a quality verification [QV] check to ensure that it is suitable for facial recognition. Your photo will be used to create a biometric profile on a date close to the event.
  3. Present your Passport or EU ID card at any of our badge collection locations where your identity, registration and BREEZ credentials will be verified.
  4. Enjoy frictionless access to the event through any of our BREEZ perimeter access lanes (any attendees eligible to attend the Ministerial Programme may also use BREEZ access lanes for this event).

Note that your biometric profile used for the purpose of identification at MWC19 and 4YFN is securely destroyed post-event, but your consent to participate in BREEZ is kept for as long as you maintain your MWC account or until you opt-out of BREEZ.

How does BREEZ work?

Our facial recognition software analyses facial features by taking measurements of data points that make up the face, these include the distance between your eyes and the distance from forehead to chin, etc. The technology processes a number of data points to create a real-time map of your face which is then converted in to a secure anonymous data pattern using a complex algorithm. When a person approaches a camera the face is analysed in real-time and the calculated data pattern is compared to the database of stored patterns that was created during the registration process.  Depending whether a match is found, or not, the predefined appropriate action is taken (access granted / declined).

After I have enrolled, how can I opt out?

Attendees can opt-out at any stage by accessing their registration account via https://register.mwcbarcelona.com/register and deselecting the enrolment option, after which all traces of their biometric profile will be securely destroyed. Attendees must access their registration account in order to opt-out. Opt-out cannot occur via email request. For more information about the opt-out process, please contact the Registration Contact Centre – details can be found in your registration confirmation email.

If BREEZ is contactless, can I leave my badge and ID at the hotel?

All attendees are required to have their printed badge on them at all times as badges are visually checked on arrival and also used for scanning attendees into sessions within the event.  It is also a requirement in Spain to carry ID at all times, therefore attendees should retain their Passport or EU National Card on their person.

How is my biometric data stored

We are committed to protecting the security of your personal information. All biometric data will be stored using appropriate physical, technical and administrative safeguards, including encryption. All biometric data used for the purpose of access to MWC19 & 4YFN Barcelona will be stored and retained in the EU. Attendees’ biometric profiles used for the purposes of identification at MWC19 & 4YFN Barcelona is securely destroyed post-event.

Where can I find more information about GSMA Privacy Policy?

For further information about GSMA’s policies and practices regarding its collection and use of your personal data, and your privacy rights please check our Privacy Policy available at https://www.gsma.com/aboutus/legal/privacy

Registration FAQs




I submitted a proposal in the call for speakers process. When will I be notified if I was chosen to speak?

Our speaker management team will contact you to advise whether your proposal has been accepted, no later than two months before the event begins.

I’m speaking; do I register myself for Mobile World Congress?

Conference and keynote speakers will be contacted directly by the speaker management team with instructions on how to register.

If you are speaking at an event or programme other than the official Conference programme, please contact the organiser for that event for instructions on how to register.

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