'MWC' to become showcase venue for 165 S. Korean tech companies

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : February 19, 2024, 18:03 Updated : March 11, 2024, 16:56
Courtesy of Samsung Electronics
[Courtesy of Samsung Electronics]

SEOUL -- A total of 165 companies from South Korea will participate in the Mobile World Congress, an annual mobile device exhibition held in Barcelona from February 26 to February 29. Alongside conglomerates such as Samsung Electronics, KT, and SK Telecom, small and medium-sized enterprises and startups will showcase high-tech solutions at the annual event.

According to the Korea Information and Communication Technology Industry Association (KICTA), 165 South Korean companies will take part in MWC 2024. This is the fifth-largest number after Spain (696), the United States (432), Britain (408), and China (288). More than 2,400 exhibitors from around the world will display their solutions during the four-day event.

KICTA will set up a joint exhibition booth designed to present exceptional telecommunications equipment so that small and medium-sized domestic companies can promote their products. The number of S. Korean participants in the event reached its peak at 222 in 2019, just before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, it declined to 108 in 2022 and rose slightly to 130 companies in 2023.

South Korea's AI care robot developer, Hyodol, will promote its caretaker robots. These companion robots are capable of detecting movements of nearby objects, helping elderly individuals achieve emotional stability by engaging in conversations about their well-being while monitoring their conditions. Additionally, they can alert guardians in case of an emergency.
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