World Mobile Congress to join fight against child pornography

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GSMA's Mobile World Congress 2008 begins today in Barcelona

11 February 2008

BARCELONA - You might not have a car or a computer, but you're sure to have a cell phone. There are 2.6 billion handsets in use all around the world, according to official figures, and they send nearly 7 billion text messages every day. Nearly everyone has a cell phone, but not everyone has one with internet. That connection, which opens the door to endless services, is one of the keys to the GSMA's Mobile World Congress 2008, which begins today in Barcelona (

The head of Vodafone, Arun Sarin, the president of Nokia, Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, and the president of Telefónica, César Alierta, are some of the figures who will be debating the future of the cell phone at the conference, alongside famous faces such as the veteran actor and director Robert Redford, who is promoting the creation of films designed for cell phone screens.

In total, more than 50,000 experts and 1,200 companies will be present, 70 of which are Spanish. The majority of these companies offer services, such as Bmat, which plays music that fits in with your current mood, or, used to send out official certificates in SMS format.

The first big announcement will come this morning, regarding a new pact in the industry. Cell phone operators present in more than 50 countries have created an alliance to fight against images and videos featuring child pornography. Currently 2 percent of these illegal images are connected to cellular use.

Cell phone services generated USD 763 million in revenue in 2007, a figure that is predicted to rise by 11 percent this year. A total of 100 million handsets are expected to be sold this year.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / ANA PANTALEONI 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

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