The second photo shows the main meeting zone at noon.
Talking to some who are working for vendors at the show and they talk about having to work on the stand as headcount has been cut to less than half of what we saw in 2008.
Whilst I like the extra room I have to ask if it is good business for the organisers. Effectively the show is paid for by the Vendors who hope to meet customers from the networks. If the Networks are not sending the staff then the Vendors will have to ask if the investment is worth it.
Talking to one small company I discovered that they were spending €200K on attending MWC. They will need to see €2M worth of sales to say that the trip was worthwhile. This just goes to show that in these financial times some parties have to come to an end and hard cash needs to work.