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More than 2,200 companies exhibited at the 2016 Mobile World Congress (Photo: MWC)

The annual Mobile World Congress (MWC), which brings together stakeholders in the global connectivity revolution, will take place in Barcelona Feb. 27 through March 2.

The annual gathering, the world's largest meeting place for the mobile industry, features both an exhibition and a conference program. Last year, more than 100,000 people attended MWC and 2,200 companies exhibited products and services.

In recent years, the auto industry has had a growing presence at MWC, underscoring how dependent connected-car technology is on the connectivity provided by telecommunications companies.

This year's conference program features sessions on connected and autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, connected consumers, smart cities and "cars as a service."

Several automaker executives will participate in the conference sessions. Among them are Daniela Gerd tom Markotten, head of digital solutions & services at Daimler; Dieter May, BMW's senior vice president digital business models; Jeff Massimilla, chief product cybersecurity officer at General Motors; and Ogi Redzic, head of connected vehicles and mobility services at the Renault-Nissan alliance.

More information on MWC is at: https://www.mobileworldcongress.com.