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MWC is all about connection and bringing together the people and businesses who shape our world. McKinsey is proud to be part of this event, and will be hosting numerous roundtables, discussions, and opportunities for networking throughout the week.

The opportunities for growth in the technology and telecom sector are full of promise but success will not be easily won. The winners will be those who take bold steps now to ensure resilience in an unpredictable market.

Find us in Hall 4 at stand 4D30

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Schedule of Events


Monday, February 27

11:00-11:45 CET and 11:55-12:40 CET

Workshop: Value creation in the metaverse

Co-hosted by McKinsey Partners Ferry Grijpink and Shivam Srivastava, and Omar Téllez, vice president of partnerships at Niantic
13:00-14:00 CET

Roundtable: Securing Europe’s competitiveness, MGI

Co-hosted by McKinsey Senior Partner Kim Baroudy and McKinsey Partner Jan Mischke
14:15-15:00 CET

Roundtable: Delayering—a powerful concept to unleash operator growth

Cohosted by McKinsey Senior Partner Tarek Elmasry, McKinsey Associate Partner Mandisa Mazibuko, and Jens Schulte-Bockum, COO at MTN Group
16:00-17:30 CET

Roundtable: Resilient Growth

Co-hosted by McKinsey Partners Bhargs Srivathsan and Javier Gil Gomez
19:00-21:00 CET

Networking reception

Co-hosted by McKinsey & Company and Russell Reynolds Associates

Tuesday, February 28

10:00-11:00 CET

Women’s networking brunch

Cohosted by McKinsey Partner Marion Soula and Serpil Timuray, CEO of the Europe cluster at Vodafone
11:30-12:30 CET

Workshop: Building smarter networks, faster and cheaper

Hosted by McKinsey Partner Alexandre Mercier-Dalphond
13:00-14:00 CET

Workshop: Ecosystems economy

Hosted by McKinsey Senior Partner Venkat Atluri
15:00-16:30 CET

Roundtable: Accelerating the edge market: What’s needed in 2023

Hosted by McKinsey Partners Bhargs Srivathsan and Ferry Grijpink, and McKinsey Expert Associate Partner Tiago Silveira
16:00-18:00 CET

Accelerating Telco Growth Reception: Thinking like a “ServCo”: How telcos can drive growth

Cohosted by McKinsey Partners Benedict Vanderspar, Joao Leonardo, Jacopo Ghidoni, Associate Partner Thomas Joseph, and Jim Ryan, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Liberty Global

Wednesday, March 1

10:00-11:30 CET

Roundtable: Cracking the code on tech talent in telco

Cohosted by McKinsey Partner Andrea Pedroni, Associate Partner Steph Madner, and Nicola “Nicki” Palmer, chief technology ambassador at Verizon
12:00-13:00 CET

Workshop: Global flows: Are we heading toward a deglobalized world?

Hosted by McKinsey Global Institute Partner Jeongmin Seong
13:30-15:00 CET

Workshop: Personalization at scale

Cohosted by McKinsey Senior Partner Davide Schiavotto, McKinsey Partner Emir Zildzovic, McKinsey Expert Associate Partner Stanislav Kucherenko, McKinsey Associate Partner Dominika Kampa, and Asaf Somekh, founder and CEO at Iguazio
15:30-16:30 CET

Workshop: Set, realize and accelerate growth ambitions

Co-hosted by McKinsey Partner Pablo Hernandez and McKinsey Expert Associate Partner Pep Viladomat

Featured insights


Telecom networks: Tracking the coming xRAN revolution

– A boom in adoption of new technologies could help fuel innovation and cost reduction, but the industry must navigate several issues... to deliver on the full promise of xRAN.

Delayering: An organizational overhaul for growing Europe’s telcos

– European telco operators face a critical growth challenge. Delayering businesses to focus on meeting that challenge could prove... to be the most effective response.

Navigating the three horizons of 5G business building

– As 5G technology transforms industries, telcos’ ability to maximize the opportunity will depend on transforming themselves... from network providers to outcome providers with a new approach to monetization.

Winning the SMB tech market in a challenging economy

– The small-and-midsize-business market has huge potential, but it’s also highly competitive and fragmented. Tech providers... must understand the unique, evolving needs and preferences of small companies.

Investing in the rising data center economy

– Private investors have snapped up data centers in recent years, but plenty of other potential investment opportunities in the... sector’s value chain may be going unnoticed.

Fiber opportunity: Four deal types for investors to consider

– High investor demand has put a premium on fiber networks that deliver broadband connections to households, but there is still... scope for more value-creating deals.

Featured Interviews


Telecom’s future in the Web3 era: José María Álvarez-Pallete López

– The chairman and CEO of Telefónica S.A. and chairman of the GSMA Board offers his thoughts on organizational delayering,... a powerful new connectivity platform, and sharing the cost of building smarter networks.

Telecom collaboration and competition at the edge: GSMA director general Mats Granryd

– The leader of the mobile communications organization talks about the importance of partnerships and federated solutions as the... industry seizes new opportunities like edge computing and tackles challenges like broadening its talent pool.

e& Group CEO: Transforming from a telco to a techco

– Hatem Dowidar discusses the source of his optimism about the telecom industry, the lessons of the recent past, and why the Middle... Eastern and African operator required a radical organizational overhaul to position itself for future growth.

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