The four-day Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been hailed as a great success after attracting nearly 50,000 visitors.

Attendees travelled from 189 countries to visit the event, which encompassed conferences and exhibitions relating to all things mobile, the GSM Association (GSMA) reports.

Government delegates, mobile operators, equipment and software firms were among those present, with talks delivered on how the industry can sustain growth and deal with the challenges posed by the economic slowdown.

"The mobile industry stands out as one of the few vibrant sectors in a tumultuous world econom, and this week’s congress emphasises the important role mobile has in creating new opportunities that will drive future growth," commented John Hoffman, chief executive officer of GSMA.

Mobile phone brand Nokia scooped the MWC’s first award for outstanding environmental contribution at the event, along with the best mobile internet service accolade for its sports tracker development.

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