Feb. 25-28, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, the Mobile World Congress features the mobile ecosystem which continues to expand at lightning speed, with rapid innovation and new telecom devices and services.
Some key metrics in the mobile economy of today and tomorrow:
- Global subscribers will grow from 3.2 billion to 3.9 billion from 2012 to 2017
- 1.3 million jobs in the next 5 years
- 1.1 trillion Capex spend
- LTE Growth: 62 million to 920 million 2012 to 2017
- Ecosystem revenues $9.1 Trillion cumulative between 2013 to 2017
Full Details available in the Mobile Economy Report on GSMA.com
The conference displayed a parade of new phones, tablets and phablets. Phablets are a new class of smartphones with screen sizes between 5 and 7 inches. The phablet market is anticipated to grow in 2013 balancing the needs of portability and usability.
- ASUS announces a new Padfone device which is a 4.3-inch smartphone and can be converted into a 10.1 inch tablet. Achieving more than 63 hours of extended talk time where both devices can share one data plan. The Padfone will run Android 4.2 operating system.
- Nokia announced a new 720 and 520 line of Lumia phones in a rainbow of colors running Windows 8 and wireless charging.
- HP also re-entered the market with Slate 7 running Android starting at $169.00. For the full press release.
- Samsung invited guests to the Galaxy S4 which unveils on March 14th, in New York
- In Barcelona it released the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet between the existing 7 and 10 inch tablets.
The conference continues until the 28th in Barcelona, Spain.