GSMA Preps for MWC Strike

4:20 AM -- With the strike by Barcelona's metro and bus drivers still set to take place during Mobile World Congress 2012 (Feb. 27-Mar. 1), the event's organizer, the GSM Association (GSMA) , has issued an update on its contingency plans. (See MWC Transport Strike Still On.)

Here's the latest:

    While we are hopeful that a strike can be averted prior to the start of Mobile World Congress, the GSMA has developed a comprehensive contingency plan and is ready to activate this plan should it become necessary.

    The contingency plan outlines alternate transport options for getting to and from the venue, and also describes the additional security measures the police are putting in place to ensure the safe passage of our attendees. We will also be taking steps to help attendees enter the venue more quickly, including expanding the access points to the Fira and increasing the registration points onsite and at the airport.

    We will make the specific details of the contingency plan available to attendees on Saturday, 25th February through a number of mechanisms. Attendees who are in Barcelona will be able to access this information at the hotels and the Mobile World Congress registration points onsite and at the airport. Attendees, particularly those who have not yet traveled to Barcelona, can also get this information through our Customer Care Centre.

    The GSMA encourages attendees to register and pick up their badges on the weekend prior to Mobile World Congress where possible to minimise potential congestion. Registration is open on Saturday, 25th February from 09.00 to 18.00 and on Sunday, 26th February from 09.00 to 20.00. The registration desks at the airport will be open from Sunday, 26th February through Tuesday, 28th February from 07.00 to 19.00 and on Wednesday, 29th February from 07.00 to 16.00.

    While we completely understand and appreciate the concerns around the uncertainty of this situation, we want to assure attendees that the GSMA is taking every possible step to ensure a successful Mobile World Congress.

All we can say at this point is "good luck to everyone" and "please don't get in an unlicensed taxi…"

You can get all the pre-show news, as well as reports from Barcelona during the event, at our Mobile World Congress Show Site.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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