Are you going to MWC Barcelona?

The big cloud companies won't be at #MWC2021, but a cloud evangelist will. What about you? Take our survey and let us know.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2021

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Are you going to MWC Barcelona?

The coronavirus pandemic is more than a year old and, here in the US, where COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020, the vaccination outlook has improved drastically in recent weeks.

Against that backdrop, when will business travel start to feel like business as usual?

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We've been tracking the vendor and service provider travel decisions and outspoken new exhibitors emerging at MWC Barcelona, the communications industry's de facto global meeting place.

There's a definite building buzz around a public cloud evangelist and her crop of industry disruptors.

But the webscale giants themselves won't be on hand to soak up the adulation. It has been widely reported this week that Google is backing out of MWC. Light Reading sources have confirmed that Microsoft is also staying away.

On the silicon giants front, Intel has revealed that it's not going.

Since the messages are increasingly mixed, and we still have 87 days before the show starts, we thought we'd ask our audience what they think they'll be doing in late June, given what they know at the moment.

Please take our five-question survey about MWC plans and we'll share what we find out in a few days. We know the situation is changing all the time and we'll likely run this survey again in a few weeks to see how things evolve.

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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