Barcelona 27 Feb - 1 Mar 2017


Ministerial Programme


Who is eligible to attend the Ministerial Programme in 2017?

As greater connectivity continues to transform our world, the impact of mobile has extended beyond our industry. As such, in addition to telecommunications government and industry leaders, this year’s invitees include senior government representatives from other sectors, notably finance and health.

In 2017, invitations are now open to:

  • National telecommunications, finance and health ministries;
  • Telecommunications regulatory authorities and central banks;
  • Senior representatives from selected international organisations and intergovernmental bodies; and
  • C-level and senior regulatory representatives from the mobile industry, including network operators and vendors.
Can I speak at the 2017 Ministerial Programme?

The call for speaker nominations is now closed.

Is interpretation provided at Ministerial Programme?

The working language of the Ministerial Programme is English with simultaneous interpretation in French and Spanish for all sessions except for the following:

  • Regional Focus: Safeguarding Security and Privacy in Latin America, on Monday 27 February at 14:00, which will be conducted in Spanish with English and French simultaneous interpretation.
  • MWC Keynote: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through Mobile, on Tuesday 28 February at 09:00, which will be conducted only in English with no simultaneous interpretation.
  • MWC Keynote: Building the 5G Economy, on Tuesday 28 February at 11:00, which will be conducted only in English with no simultaneous interpretation.
Can I bring my own personal security?

Please advise your delegate manager ahead of time if security personnel are to accompany your delegation so that we may make the necessary arrangements for their access.

Who is eligible to enter the Government Leadership Award?

All UN-recognised countries that have developed innovative mobile policies within the past 12 months are eligible for the Government Leadership Award. Entries for the 2017 award are now closed. For further information, please visit the Global Mobile Awards website.

When will the Government Leadership Award winner be announced?

The Government Leadership Award winner will be announced at the Global Mobile Awards ceremony, Auditorium 5, Hall 4 at 17:00 CET on Tuesday 28 February.

Can I arrange meetings within the Ministerial Programme hall?

Although there are no rooms available for private hire, you are welcome to hold informal meetings within the various networking spaces. However please note that all attendees must already hold Ministerial Programme access on their passes in order to gain entrance.

Mobile World Congress


Can I host a Country Pavilion at Mobile World Congress (MWC)?

Opportunities are available for organisations to host a Country Pavilion. Please contact the sales team for further information.

What happened at Mobile World Congress 2016?

Mobile World Congress 2016 highlights are available on the MWC website..

Registration & Badge Collection

Registration FAQs

What are the badge types and prices?

Please click here for the badge and price structure. Ministerial Programme access can be added to any badge type once attendance is approved.

How do I contact the registration team?

First, please consult the extensive FAQs on the MWC website for the fastest answer. If your question is not addressed there, please email the registration team at  or call +34 93 323 92 70  (Monday – Friday CET business hours).

Why haven’t I received my registration acknowledgment?

Once you have completed your registration and, if required, paid in full you will receive an acknowledgement e-mail which contains instructions on how to access your Final Confirmation QR code, essential for badge collection. If you can’t find or haven’t received your acknowledgement email, simply log back into your registration account and access both your acknowledgement and Final Confirmation QR code on the homepage.

For additional information, visit our Registration FAQs.

Do I need to show and carry photo ID with me?

Yes, all attendees are required to present valid photo ID to collect their badge and each time they enter the venue. This includes multiple entries to the venue on the same day.

Photo ID checks are performed every time you enter the venue during the event days. Make sure you carry valid photo ID with you at all times. Identification documents MUST show your name in a Latin alphabet (no Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Arabic characters) and match the name on your pass.

Accepted forms of Photo ID

  • EU National ID card
  • Passport

Don’t forget, the Digital Badge feature in My MWC allows you to use your mobile phone to access Mobile World Congress and Ministerial Programme.

You can use the Digital Badge to pass through dedicated entrance lanes at the North and South Entrances without having to repeatedly show photo ID – you will only need to show official photo ID once to collect your printed badge and to validate your Digital Badge photo.

If your photo was validated at MWC16 and you have not changed or amended your photo record, your photo is still validated.

You must still collect your printed badge at one of our badge collection locations.

Where can I pick up my badge onsite?

For the first time this year, Ministerial Programme attendees and speakers can pick up their badges at any badge collection location.

However, please note that bulk collection can only be accommodated where pre-arranged and over the weekend at the Ministerial Programme desk located in South Registration – Gran Via.

What are the registration opening times at the Ministerial Programme Desk located in South Registration and VIP Drop off area?


 Fira Gran Via – South Registration
 Ministerial Programme Desks

 CC3 VIP Drop Off

 Saturday, 25 February

 09:00 – 18:00


 Sunday, 26 February

 09:00 – 20:00


 Monday, 27 February

 07:00 – 20:00

 07:00 – 20:00

 Tuesday, 28 February

 07:30 – 19:00

 07:30 – 19:00

 Wednesday, 1 March

 07:30 – 16:00

 07:30 – 19:00

To avoid delays, we strongly recommend to collect your badge over the weekend and use the correct Ministerial Programme entrance at South Registration to avoid queuing.


FAQs Transport

How can I access the venue with a private car?

The VIP Drop Off is located at CC3, adjacent to Hall 4. Vehicle access stickers will be required; please contact us for further information. 

Can I receive a free transport pass?

All Ministerial Programme attendees using public transport can request a free transportation pass valid for the four MWC days (Monday 27 February-Thursday 2 March). The transport pass is valid for unlimited journeys using Metro, bus and train systems within Zone 1 (includes Barcelona City and Fira Gran Via) on these dates. You can consult the Barcelona City Transport website here.

Transportation passes will be available when picking up your event badge at the Ministerial Programme registration desk in the South Entrance – over the weekend only – and from the Transport Pass Collection Point in the South Entrance from Monday to Thursday. Opening hours of the Transport Pass Collection Point at the South Entrance are:
09:00 to 20:00 – Monday to Wednesday
09:00 to 16:00 – Thursday

One Free Public Transport Pass only per attendee. In the event of loss or damage, replacements will not be provided.

For any further transport enquiries and onsite transport information, please visit the Transport Ticket Collection Point in the South Entrance of Fira Gran Via as per the timings above.

Can I book a private limousine with access to the VIP drop off area?

Our transport partner Etoile Limousine offer exclusive discounted rates for private transportation, including airport transfers and chauffeurs, with access to the VIP drop off area. If you wish to make a reservation, or would like further information, please contact Stéphane Bonnefond:

Download booking form

Venue Information

FAQs Venue

Accessing the venue

The event will once again take place at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain.

The physical address of the venue is:
Fira Gran Via
Av. Joan Carles I, 64
08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

The Ministerial Programme will be located in Hall 4, centrally located between the South and North entrances. Please note that the distance between South and North Entrances is 1km, with an elevated walkway spanning the distance.

Is the venue accessible for wheelchairs?

All areas within Fira Gran Via are accessible for wheelchair users:

  • If arriving by Taxi you can be dropped off at the South Entrance or the North Entrance.
  • If you are arriving with a driver you have the opportunity to make use of the VIP pick-up and drop-off point.
    Further details will be available closer to the event.

The venue offers an on-site wheelchair service. Should you require a wheelchair, please go to any Customer Service Point at the event upon your arrival or alternatively contact Customer Services using the details below:

Customer Services
Tel: +34 932332000 

In order to use this service you will be asked to leave a Photo ID, Driving License or ID card until the wheelchair is returned.

Taxis for people with reduced mobility

If you require a taxi as a wheelchair user, please dial +34 93 4208088 to order it.

A lift will also be available in the Ministerial Programme Hall.

Is there a prayer room?

The Prayer Room is located in Hall 7.

Restaurants in Barcelona

To make a booking, go to the onsite restaurant booking service desks located inside each Fira Gran Via entrance.