The theme of this years congress is ‘Mobile is everything’, which is echoed in every talk and interaction.
A powerful intro video sets the seen before each session, with the message ‘What we dream is all that matters.’ The future of mobile will be ‘faster, instant, virtual, intelligent, life changing, inspiring and mind-blowing.’
In fact it is exactly how Nikola Telso (1926) predicted:
“When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole.”
GSMA Director General, Mats Granryd set the scene. There are 7.6bn connections on the planet, which equates to two thirds of people. 3.2bn having Internet through a mobile device.
But that means there is still 40% in the developing world that do not have access to the internet. Mats suggested the three main reasons for this was the coverage, not having the infrastructure in place, the cost that people couldn’t afford or there wasn’t the content in the area which made people need to use it. There is also a gender divide with less females having mobiles to men.
Expressing commitment to the 17 UN Global Goals Mats expressed how mobile can help accelerate this journey more than any other technology. “As the global leaders in connectivity, we share a common purpose — to connect everyone and everything to a better future.”
You can read more about how they are supporting each of the goals at http://www.gsma.com/betterfuture/