Barcelona is the keyword, I always want to say Cannes and interesting enough I'm not the only one. :-) Most of the GSM insiders are still talking about Cannes like "see you in Cannes!" or "will you be in Cannes too?".
The reason for this is simple: for more than 15 years or so, the 3GSM Congress (in the early day it just was the GSM Congress) was in Cannes until it became too busy and expensive there. Therefore the GSMA moved it to Barcelona.
I think it's my 8th or 9th GSM Congress I'm attending and I'm leaving for tomorrow noon. While in the early days I was attending it as an employee when I was working for network operators and MVNOs (in Germany and UK better known as Service Providers), for some years now I'm attending it as a consultant, which I'm and for sure as a journalist, which I'm also - at least a kind of. My agenda is pretty mixed, some consultant related stuff, some journalist related stuff and plenty of time (this year I stay one day longer and will fly back on Thursday - my birthday ;-) - which is a good reason to leave and to be at home in the evening anyway) to roam through the conference and around the exhibition. So for sure you will find my personal 3GSM coverage here at the::unwired (in English) and over at digital living mobile (in German).
I don't expect to see too many new things, even if I got hints about the one or the other pretty exciting announcement but yes, we will see if it will be that exciting at all and if it is out of interest for you at all.
If you are in Cannes, eh Barcelona too you can ping me anytime for a coffee (during the conference) or a beer (after the conference) :-) Just drop me a mail and thanks to Microsoft Windows Mobile Feature Pack and my AKU 2 loaded Windows Mobile devices, I should get your E-Mail as fast as an SMS! Bright new technology world.
Oh, and if you can not make it to Barcelona, don't miss my yearly
3GSM photo album here at the::unwired where I try to upload as many photos as possible!
Still the future is bright, the future is unwired or Orange or Barcelona or...?
Cheers ~ Arne