Friday, July 22, 2011 at 11:35 am.

Mobile World Congress is staying in Barcelona

Mobile World Congress 2011: The line for Steve Ballmer's keynote

After considering moving Mobile World Congress to Paris, Milan, and Munich, the GSMA has decided to keep the annual trade show in Barcelona, at least through 2018.

It sounds like you’ll only have to deal with the old facilities and porta-potties for one more year, though: “Starting in 2013, the Mobile World Congress will be held at the new, cutting-edge venue, Fira de Barcelona Gran Via,” which appears to be nearby.

I’ve only been to MWC once, but it was a very educational and entertaining week. Highly recommended for anyone in the mobile industry.