There are 9 keynotes scheduled at Mobile World Congress 2018. Topics covered in these keynotes are future services provider, Innovation in the telecom industry, role of content and media, etc.

Day 1: 26-Feb-2018

1] Keynote 1: Creating a Better Service Provider

Time: 9:00 – 10:30

Network operators are the great enabler of the digital economy. Their contribution and statistics are astonishing;

  • Subscribers – 5.1 billion unique mobile subscribers globally (December 2017).
  • Connections – 8.4 billion mobile connections worldwide (December 2017).
  • Mobile Internet Subscribers – 4 billion people are currently accessing the internet via mobile in 2017, expected to reach 4.7 billion in 2020.
  • GDP Contribution – The mobile ecosystem generated 4.4% of global GDP ($3.3 trillion) in 2016, a figure that will grow to $4.2 trillion in 2020.

In the Mobile World Congress 2018 opening keynote, executives from some of the world’s leading operators will offer their perspectives on the future of mobile. This wide-ranging session will highlight the technologies that will deliver innovation for consumers and businesses, from 5G to artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things to big data, virtual reality to video and beyond. These executives will also discuss the short- and long-term opportunities and challenges facing the mobile industry and share insights on how operators can take a leading role in driving the digital economy and addressing societal issues.

Key Speakers

Sunil Bharti Mittal (Bharti Enterprises – Chairman, GSMA and Founder and Chairman)

Shang Bing (China Mobile – Chairman)

Mats Granryd (GSMA – Director General)

Kazuhiro Yoshizawa (NTT Docomo, INC – President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors)

José María Álvarez-Pallete (Telephonica S.A – Chairman & CEO)

Marie Ehrling (Telia Company – Chairwoman, Securitas, Chair of the Board)

2] Keynote 2: Investing in a Better Future

Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Tech investment and acquisition is white hot, especially around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cryptocurrency, which has turned into a race for patents and intellectual property (IP) among the world’s leading tech companies.

In this keynote, the venture capital community will debate which investment areas will be game-changers in digital transformation.

What do they look for in an investment and how can service providers get more involved, by becoming good partners, to start ups, venture capital and traditional industry.

In a future increasingly defined by robotics and artificial intelligence, how can the heavily regulated world of telecoms become more attractive to investors and help create a better future, today.


Caroline Hyde (Bloomberg Television)

Key Speakers

Brigitte Baumann (Go Beyond Early Stage Investing- Founder & Chairwoman)

Brian Behlendorf (Hyperledger – Executive Director)

Rajeev Misra (Softbank Vision Fund – CEO)

3] Keynote 3 – Creating Better Content & Media

Time: 14:30 – 15:30

Content is continuing to undergo a significant period of disruption and acquisition, from both operators and new entrants, who see it as key to customer attraction and retention. Especially now that content can be delivered on demand, anytime, anywhere and in a range of rich formats and devices for a premium experience.

As operators consider whether to invest in or acquire content, we’ll look at how its role in both the wider strategies of major telcos, and the core business plan of smaller players.

This keynote will see leading protagonists from around the world discuss how they are driving value and growth from content, the role of converged networks in its delivery, and how devices are becoming the premium engagement channel for consumers.


Janice Hughes (Redshift Strategy – Co-Founder & Director)

Key Speakers

Jeremy Fox (Atrium TV and Chairman, DRG – CEO)

Gavin Patterson (BT Group – CEO)

Jeff Zucker (CMN Worldwide – President)

Cher Wang (HTC – Chairwoman)

4] Keynote 4 – The Future of the Industry: Transatlantic Digital Policy and Regulation

Time: 17:30 – 18:30

It is critically important that Europe and the United States remain on the vanguard of digital policy and regulation. Although there have been some significant policy differences between Europe and the United States, there is a shared, strong desire to find the best regulatory approaches to meet the changing economic and policy environment and, most important, the needs of their citizens.

In this Transatlantic Policy Keynote at Mobile World Congress, the key US and EU telecoms policymakers and the leading industry executives will engage in a discussion regarding digital policy and, in particular, how future policy decisions may affect their citizens. Participants will primarily focus on:

  • The short and long-term goals associated with recent regulatory activities;
  • The challenges being faced by mobile telecoms executives who are responsible for making major investment decisions; and
  • Emerging policy topics fuelled by the rapid growth and evolution of the digital ecosystem, and the conditions that are likely to generate the best social and economic outcomes

Key Speakers

Timotheus Höttges (Deutsche Telekom AG – CEO)

Andrus Ansip (European Commission – Vice-President of the Commission and Commissioner for Digital Single Market)

Ajit Pai (Federal Communications Commission, United States of America – Chairman)

Vittorio Colao (Vodafone Group – CEO)

Dr. Jim Yong Kim (World Bank Group – President)

Day 2: 27-Feb-2018

1] Keynote 5 – The Foundations of The Digital Economy

Time: 9:00 – 10:30

The digital economy, catalysed by the rapid proliferation of mobile technologies in the hands of over 5.1 billion connected people, will continue to transform how we do business and how we interact with our partners, customers and consumers. Still in its infancy however, incredible growth remains ahead.

The pace of change creates opportunity and threat in equal measure. Following on from Monday nights keynote on transatlantic policy and regulation, this keynote will look at how the digital economy can continue to flourish with the right foundations in place, from networks to security, to agile companies and culture, and compelling services and content.


Karen Tso (CNBC – Anchor)

Key Speakers

Börje Ekholm (Ericsson – President & CEO)

Christopher Young (McAfee – CEO)

Hiroshi Mikitani (Rakuten, Inc – Founder, Chairman and CEO)

Jim Whitehurst (Red Hat – President and CEO)

2] Keynote 6 – Creating a Better Future for Everyone

Time: 12:15 – 13:15

With over 5.1 billion people connected, technology has an unprecedented opportunity to improve the lives of others.

Natural and man-made disasters are the most profound examples of how mobile technology can improve and even save lives.

This keynote looks at some of those examples of mobile technology effecting the lives of those in disaster areas and highlights how individuals, businesses, NGOs and governments can work together to improve the lives of everyone on the planet.


Mats Granyrd (GSMA – Director General)

Miles Everson (PwC – Global Advisory Leader)

Key Speakers

Ricardo Antonio Rosselló Nevares (Puerto Rico – Governor)

Sigve Brekke (Telenor Group – President and CEO)

Kathy Calvin (United Nations Foundation – President & CEO)

Enrica Porcari (World Food Programme – Chief Information Officer and Director of IT, World Food Programme and Chair, Emergency Telecommunications Cluster)

3] Keynote 7 – The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Time: 17:00 – 18:00

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, as it has been titled, is one of the most complex, inclusive and automated revolutions our society has seen and at its heart, lies mobile. From transportation to how we communicate, automation is creating smarter services and a new way to live life. This keynote unravels the complex web of technology trends, partnerships, business concerns and opportunities that enterprises, governments and municipalities of all kinds need to address to survive and thrive in a digital automated world.

Key Speakers

Sue Siegel (GE – Chief Innovation Officer, GE and CEO, Business Innovations)

Zak Brown (McLaren Technology Group – Executive Director)

Glenn Lurie (Synchronoss – CEO)

Day 3: 28-Feb-2018

1] Keynote 8 – Creating an Artificially Intelligent Future

Time: 9:30 – 11:00

Even in an industry characterised by hype, Artificial intelligence have set a new benchmark, with stock prices doubling at the mere mention of the words. The hype is fuelled by wild imaginations and not a small amount of confusion around their use cases and impact.

This keynote aims to unravel this confusion. It will explore the broad set of technologies included in AI, from NLP (Natural Language Processing), machine learning, reinforcement learning, robotics, autonomous vehicles and smart transportation.

Can AI provide the building blocks for the society of the future?

Key Speakers

Ran Krauss (Airobotics – CEO)

Oren Jacob (PullString – Founder & CEO)

Georg Polzer (Teralytics – Chairman & Co-Founder)

Day 4: 01-Mar-2018

1] Keynote 9 – Women4Tech

Time: 9:30 – 10:50

Open to all pass holders including the Exhibition Visitor Pass.

The issue of gender diversity in all industries has never been more relevant. Few industries, however, have been as closely associated with this issue than the tech industry.

Over a year ago, the GSMA developed the Women4Tech programme to address gender diversity in the mobile industry. It is designed to increase female leadership in the digital age and supports UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: To achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

MWC 2018 will feature a dedicated Women4Tech Keynote, which will bring together leaders from across the mobile and wider tech industry to highlight best practice in gender diversity and discuss action to engage and empower women in technology.


Emma McGuigan (Accenture – Group Technology Officer, Communications, Media & Technology

Key Speakers

Mats Granryd (GSMA – Director General)

Lisa Wang (SheWorx – Founder & CEO)

José María Lassalle (Spain – Secretary of State For Information society and digital agenda)

Mary Clark (Synchronoss – CMO & EVP)

Berit Svendsen (Telenor Norway – CEO)

Susana balbo (W20 Group Argentina – Congresswoman and Chair)

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