MWC 17: Who to follow

Last updated: 18 October 2019

Barcelona’s football team might have been defeated 4-0 by Paris Saint-Germain recently, but the city has reasons for optimism. Mobile World Congress 2017 is here and, as we discussed in our preview post, we’re expecting all sorts of innovations to be exhibited. Whether it’s planned new smartphones from industry legends, Nokia and BlackBerry, 5G trials or connected cars, Barcelona promises to be a festival of the future.

Whether you’re attending the event or monitoring developments from home, you really need to be following these people.


Benedict Evans
Analyst at Andreessen Horowitz, Benedict has been commentating on mobile for over 15 years.

Pierre Metivier
Contactless evangelist, Pierre is a blogger, speaker, consultant with a focus on NFC and the IoT.

Ina Fried
Reporter for Re/code, Ina is a veteran technology reporter, always bringing insight on the industry.

Helen Keegan
Mobile marketing expert, who has organized events at MWC for years. She’s in Barcelona tweeting on all the latest innovations.

Tom Cheesewright
A futurist who will be providing analysis on the trends from MWC and what they might mean for our connected lives in the years ahead.


The company won’t be launching a new phone at the show, but will be showcasing its tablets.

HMD Global
HMD Global owns the rights to develop Nokia-branded phones. There are strong rumours of a comeback at MWC 2017.

There’s speculation surrounding another comeback. BlackBerry is rumoured to be launching a new Android smartphone.

Intel is expected to showcase its smart cities and autonomous driving solutions, so are definitely worth a follow!

CNETThe VergeEngadget
Stay tuned as these tech sites report on all the news coming out of Barcelona.

Of course, make sure you also follow our blog, where we’ll be discussing the highlights of the show and the future of mobile experience, and providing up to date, in-depth commentary. You can also tweet to @GemaltoMobile with your favorite gadgets and tech!