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Nokia Promises A Huge Show At MWC 2012

In the last two years, Nokia has stayed clear of the Mobile World Congress main event, instead preferring to setup a parallel gathering in Barcelona on the sidelines. But it looks like 2012 will change all that. Not only will Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop keynote at the biggest mobile event of the year, but Nokia will also be exhibiting their latest and greatest work in a huge 2300 square meters space on the App Planet floor.

The huge Mobile World Congress overlay can only mean one thing, new Windows Phone devices. While the first Windows Phone devices are expected in October during Nokia World, MWC 2012 will be the time when we’ll see the actual Nokia Windows Phone flagship, the first device that would have been created from a scratch with Windows Phone in mind.

Nokia’s focus is on the App Planet section of the MWC. The App Planet is MWC’s developer-focused “event within an event”, that targets the ever-changing and critically important mobile apps market. I suspect, we’ll see a lot of Microsoft presence there as well.

App Planet is open to all Congress attendees and will feature:

  • Exhibition – focusing on the latest technology from the fast-moving mobile application industry with more than 200 app-specific exhibitors;
  • App Developer Conferences (ADCs) sessions with partner-led keynotes, guidance and go-to-market knowledge on successful app development;
  • Networking – an ideal place for the developer community to connect, network and explore how to redefine mobile; and
  • App Challenges ñ competitions designed to engage the application community in creating cutting-edge mobile apps.

If I were a betting man, I would say that the MWC is when you can expect the Nokia N8 successor, the Windows Phone imaging flagship to rule them all. With only about two months to go, not to say Nokia World will be any less exciting.

[Source: GSMA, via: Mark Squires, Comms Director for Nokia]

Stephen Elop Will Be Keynoting At MWC 2011

In a move which may mark Nokia’s return to the Mobile World Congress, Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop is all set to keynote at the conference on Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011 in a talk titled ‘Connecting the Dots – A 360° View on Consumer Electronics‘. What is interesting to note is that he will also be joined by Ryuji Yamada, President & CEO, NTT DOCOMO, Paul Jacobs, Chairman & CEO, Qualcomm and Jim Balsillie, Co-CEO of Research In Motion.

Stephen Elop Will Be Keynoting At MWC 2011

This means that you shouldn’t expect no new device or policy announcements at least in that keynote. If you remember, Nokia had pulled out of the MWC in 2010 and instead held their own event down the road from the venue for the Congress, but with its CEO speaking at the event, it is possible that Nokia will make a return to the exhibition floors once again come 2011.

The dates of the Feb. 14-17 event are perfect for Nokia to showcase their MeeGo device. In any case, next year’s MWC is packed with a lot of industry movers and shakers and it is all set to provide an interesting start to 2011.

Hat tip to Mark Squires!