What's Happening at Mobile World Congress 2013

In just a few days, wireless industry professionals from across the globe will converge in Barcelona, Spain, the self-described “Mobile Capital of the World,” for the 2013 Mobile World Congress (MWC). The conference theme this year is “Explore the New Mobile Horizon,” designed to provoke discussion on the many new ways mobile communications is transforming our world.

Part of the event will focus on topics such as NFC (Near-Field Communications), which is the backbone technology for mobile payments solutions such as Softcard* Mobile Wallet. Other topics sure to get attention are the future of VoIP and VoLTE (Voice over Internet Protocol and Voice over Long Term Evolution). Of course, there are also news media – when not mooning over the city’s stimulating jumble of Gothic and futuristic architecture, Catalan culture and Mediterranean sky and seascapes -- very focused on future devices and services.

Executives from technology companies across the globe, including Ericsson, Nokia, Vodafone and Verizon, will deliver keynote addresses and participate on panels. Topics range from strategies and perspectives on the future of 4G technology, breaking into the apps market at “Apps: Start-ups, Innovation and Building a Successful Business” to speculation on what’s coming for mobile down the road in “Back to the Future: Mobile Innovation 2023.”

Want to get some early buzz? Check out CNET’s predictions for mobile products and trends at MWC 2013.  

*UPDATE: Google and Softcard have completed an agreement that will leverage the best technology from both companies to create a more robust mobile wallet for consumers. The mobile payment system will keep the Google Wallet name. Read more here.