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MWC 2012: Everything's Shrinking…

Ray Le Maistre

9:45 AM -- BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- Day one of this year's mobile mega-jamboree is well under way, and it's a good thing the threatened metro drivers' strike was called off at the last minute because it's hard to imagine how the throngs would have made it to the show grounds safely and in good time.

The show is packed, with hardly any room across the vast Fira show grounds in central Barcelona to swing a cat (should anyone consider such a maneuver…). Estimates put the visitor numbers this year at above 60,000.

Conversely, most other things appear to be shrinking, with small-cell architectures and increasingly tiny and slim devices being unveiled.

Overall, the buzz is positive at this year's show. Here's what the Light Reading team has reported so far -- look out for lots more coverage on our Mobile World Congress Show Site:

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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