MWC - Barcelona 2016

More than 100,000 people will have attended the industry’s biggest event, as hundreds of telecoms groups, device makers and technology groups showed off their latest innovations in a dozen vast warehouses

MWC: smartphone quest for virtual reality

From thermies and add-ons to VR headsets, manufacturers want to make more of handsets’ capabilities

FT Special Report

A man checks a mobile device during the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 26, 2014 ©AFP
Why a new generation of digital infrastructure is needed to support an ever more connected future

Rise of ‘dumb phones’ — readers respond

35 per cent of people who took part in our poll said they had a handset without internet connection

BT promises to invest £1bn in broadband

Chief promises to raise spending if it can keep Openreach

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram speaks onstage during day one of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 at Pier 70 on September 21, 2015 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Telegram hits 100m users

Messaging platform says engagement higher than WhatsApp

Zuckerberg defends Free Basics push

Facebook chief denies service was part of commercial master plan

Huawei embeds itself in Europe

China group has gone from tent on beach to one of main MWC venues

Facebook wants mobile tech sharing

Social network aims to increase innovation by removing limits

Sony looks beyond the smartphone

Japanese group unveils digital personal assistant

Vodafone chief urges BT split

Regulator urged to at least force through tougher regulation

MasterCard to introduce ‘selfie pay’ to UK

Facial recognition aims to improve verification for mobile payments

Facebook creates ‘social VR’ team

Unit to be led by two executives from the video games industry

Ford to boost driver assist tech efforts

US carmaker to put connected services at its core

Samsung peers into virtual reality

World’s biggest smartphone seller seeks to rekindle stalling sales

Spain’s baby unicorns

Two idealistic businesses that believe technology democratises

Telcos look to reclaim core consumer role

Smartphone makers highlight efforts to extend reach

MWC 2015

Huawei aims to be at forefront of 5G

Chinese group wants to set tech standards in future

Micromax eyes launches in 10 countries

Smartphone maker aims to expand beyond Indian base

Samsung: Ring the changes

The South Korean group hopes the Galaxy S6 will help revitalise its fortunes

BlackBerry unveils touchscreen smartphone

Handset release is first of four planned for this year and inspired by cheaper rivals

India telecoms auction set to raise $13bn

Stakes high for operators in 3G sale that could be country’s costliest

Telecoms groups back ‘mobile identity’

Move to cement mobile phone as the centre of digital life

Google to launch US mobile network

Tech group acts in response to frustration over internet speeds

Samsung: firestorm

Electronics group is making some smarter moves

Microsoft and Sony in smartphone drive

Companies aim to build share in sector with launches of lower-cost devices

HTC to launch virtual reality headset

Smartphone maker partners with Valve Software

Quest to inspire as smartphones stagnate

MWC gets under way in Barcelona as manufacturers look to impress

Apple goes it alone

Technology group opts to launch products away from world mobile event

Huawei opens up on ownership details

Chinese telecoms company responds to transparency concerns

Galaxy S5: advances but no revolution

Samsung’s new handset has cool new features but no radical changes

EU lays out antitrust fears over Telefónica

Complaint over E-Plus deal warns of German price rises

Huawei to launch more phones in the US

Chinese group wants to sell more premium smartphones

BlackBerry to launch ‘Classic’ Q20 phone

Z3 handset for emerging markets to go on sale in Indonesia

AT&T in pioneering network redesign

Move aimed at cutting the $21bn of annual capital expenditure

América Móvil in Telekom Austria talks

Discussions with government over group’s future at early stage

Samsung unveils new Galaxy smartphone

Group also showcases new range of wearable technology

Mobile networks may need $1.7tn investment

Telenor chief says ‘huge commitment’ required for data

WhatsApp chief sets course for 1bn users

Group is eyeing deals with mobile operators

WhatsApp in voice threat to telecoms sector

Call service to be offered to 465m users days after Facebook deal

Telecoms groups seek growth in machines

‘Internet of Things’ could provide big business opportunities

Nokia launches Google Android phone

Cheaper Nokia X model will still use Microsoft cloud services

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