What Happened at MWC Barcelona (Mobile World Congress) 2022?

MWC Barcelona (formerly known as Mobile World Congress) is the world’s biggest and most influential mobile event. This year it ran from 28 February to 3 March, again in hybrid form. According to the GSMA, “More than 60,000 attendees convened in-person from around the world to discuss the convergence of mobile, the potential of the metaverse and transforming vertical industries.” This year’s theme was Connectivity Unleashed.

For the past 10+ years,  Women in Telecoms & Technology has hosted a post-MWC event to provide news and views from the show for those of us who weren’t able to make it to Barcelona. We were pleased we were able to host this event again, and doubly pleased that we were able to run our event as a hybrid in-person/on Teams discussion.

WiTT founder Stephanie Liston, International Strategic Advisor, Board Director, Lawyer and Regulator, led our panel. Our speakers included:

  • Cristina Data, Director of Spectrum Policy and Analysis at Ofcom and NED at Energy System Catapult;
  • Camille Mendler, Chief Analyst , Enterprise and Wholesale, Service Provider, Omdia;
  • Mike Short, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade; and
  • Kim Viljoen, Market Engagement Director, GSMA.

This event took place at techUK’s headquarters, at 10 St. Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD.

You can view a video of the event on WiTT’s YouTube channel, here: https://youtu.be/ucQzuhb7FD8.

Speaker Bios

Panel Chair

Stephanie Liston
International Strategic Advisor, Board Director, Lawyer and Regulator

Stephanie Liston specialises in providing international strategic, legal and regulatory advice in relation to a variety of types of projects and commercial transactions across multiple jurisdictions and industry sectors.

As a dual American and British citizen who has lived and worked in the US, UK and British Virgin Islands, Stephanie has extensive knowledge and experience of international and emerging markets.

Stephanie is an acknowledged international expert in a wide range of technologies and has been a leading partner in the most respected communications law firms. She has significant experience in helping businesses navigate their marketing and communications strategies to address the broadest and most valuable markets.

She served as an Independent Member of the BT Equality of Access Board from 2013 to 2018, as Chief Legal Advisor to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission in the British Virgin Islands from 2015 to 2017, as a non-executive Director of Ofcom and as a member of its Audit Committee from 2005 to 2008, an advisory board member of Orga Systems GmbH from 2010 to 2014, a Director of the European Competitive Telecommunications Association from 2000 to 2005, and co-Chairman of the Communications Committee of the International Bar Association from 2004-2006.

Currently, she is Non-executive Chair of the Jersey Competition Regulatory Authority (with responsibility for general competition regulation as well as sector responsibility for Air and Sea Ports, Postal Services and Telecommunications); Chair of the UK Broadband Stakeholder Group; Senior Counsel to Mishcon de Reya LLP; Senior Advisor to Frontier Economics; Chief Executive Officer of Sequoia Way Limited; Associate Director of Innovation Advisors; and Founder and Director of Women in Telecoms and Technology.

Cristina Data
Director of Spectrum Insight and Analysis, Ofcom

Cristina is the Director of Spectrum policy and analysis, Spectrum Group at Ofcom and is also a NED of the Energy System Catapult. Cristina currently leads our work on 5G and other wireless broadband technologies, considering the increasing role of wireless in enabling digital transformation across a wide variety of industry sectors and with a focus on assessing the implications of growing demand on future spectrum policies. Prior to working on 5G, Cristina led the development of a new spectrum sharing framework, and launched Ofcom open data policy. In particular Cristina was responsible for the release of the UK Interactive spectrum map and the release of information on spectrum use in open format. Prior to joining Ofcom Cristina held various marketing and strategy roles at Telefonica O2 (group strategy functions), EE (then Orange, in finance and marketing), and Red Bee Media (strategy and market intelligence functions ). Cristina holds a Master Degree in Management Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino university in Italy.

Camille Mendler
Chief Analyst, Enterprise ServicesService Provider & Communications

Camille Mendler has more than 25 years’ multi-disciplinary experience in the digital economy and a global remit to anticipate key shifts in B2B demand patterns with a current focus on how 5G is disrupting enterprise ecosystems.

Her consultancy projects solve go-to-market challenges: identifying buyer segments, creating effective value propositions, and determining sales channel mix. Areas of expertise include managed and professional services, cloud and SaaS, and private networks.

During her tenure at Omdia, Camille has launched SoHo and SME and Enterprise Verticals intelligence services. She serves as a judge for the GSMA’s GLOMO Awards and TM Forum’s Excellence Awards.

Camille has advised organizations including the International Telecommunications Union, Open Society Foundations and World Bank. She has also worked as a telecom contract negotiator, expert witness in dark fiber matters, and technology journalist.

Camille won a research fellowship in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Russian from Northwestern University.

Dr Mike Short, CBE FREng FIET
Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Trade

Dr Mike Short CBE, after 30 years in telecommunications with Telefonica, joined the Department for International Trade (DIT) as the Department’s first Chief Scientific Adviser in December 2017. Mike leads the Science and Engineering profession in the Department and ensures its policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice.

He advises DIT on the technical aspects of international trade deals, supports inward investment and engineering collaboration, and works with the UK’s research, innovation and academic communities to boost scientific and engineering exports.

Mike has over 40 years’ experience in electronics and telecommunications and served as Vice President of Telefonica, the parent company of the O2 mobile phone network, for 17 years to December 2016. In this post, he managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technologies in the UK, established an office in Brussels, and went on to lead international research, innovation and standards for Telefonica Europe.

Mike’s career includes the promotion of international technical standards in mobile and digital technology. He is a former Chairman of the Global GSM Association, the UK Mobile Data Association, and was President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2011/2012.

He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Surrey, Coventry, Leeds and Salford. He has led the development and collaborations in areas such as smart cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles.

He was honoured with a CBE in 2012 for his services to the mobile industry.

Kim Viljoen
Market Engagement Director, GSMA

Kim joined the Assistive Tech team in 2019, supporting Mobile for Development’s efforts to drive social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities through innovative digital solutions. In her role as Senior Market Engagement Manager Kim leads the development of the market engagement strategy and advocacy agenda to advance inclusion for persons with disabilities through mobile.

Prior to joining the Assistive Tech team, as an Insights Manager for the mHealth Programme, Kim provided thought leadership on business models and implementation strategies for delivering impactful digital health solutions at scale. Kim also previously worked as Business Intelligence Manager for the GSMA mNutrition Initiative. In this role she managed the design and implementation of the business intelligence, and monitoring and evaluation work streams producing actionable insights to inform the optimisation of mHealth services across eight markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Kim holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and a wealth of experience in the digital health and mobile telecoms industries. She is passionate about creating socio-economic impact in emerging markets.