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Barcelona Subway Strike Averted on Eve of Mobile World Congress

It looks like a logistical nightmare at the world’s largest cellphone event has been avoided.

The GSMA, which puts on Mobile World Congress, announced on Saturday that its worst fear has been avoided — a threatened subway strike has been averted. The move comes just hours before the start of the Barcelona event, which runs Monday through Thursday.

“The metro workers from TMB have announced that they have reached agreement with the government and have voted overwhelmingly not to strike,” the association said in a statement. “The metro system will operate as normal during the GSMA Mobile World Congress.”

There is still the possibility of a bus strike, the GSMA noted, and unfortunately, the city’s many pickpockets are unlikely to be on strike. However, now the attendees can all focus on the main point of the show — complaining about cell signals and Wi-Fi.

AllThingsD is on the ground and set to have tons of coverage, starting with the many press conferences on Sunday.

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