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Waiting for Mobile World Congress

AS CNET arrives in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress we stop by the trade show's grounds to check out the setup process.

BARCELONA, Spain--After a long journey from San Francisco and a good night's sleep, I arrived in Barcelona ready for whatever Mobile World Congress will offer. Indeed, we expect quite a lot of news from the major manufacturers though Nokia already created a lot of buzz with its new Microsoft partnership.

First stop was the Fira de Barcelona, where the trade show will take place. I picked up my press badge, and then walked around the grounds and watched the work crews prepare the company booths and pavilions. I've always been amazed at the amount of work that goes into putting on a trade show and Mobile World Congress is no exception. The complex stretches across 10 buildings, several outdoor plazas, and more than a few temporary buildings. That may seem big, but that's what you need for 50,000 attendees and 1,300 exhibitors.

Though the show doesn't officially begin until Monday, Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and Samsung have press conferences Sunday night (9 a.m. PT). Be sure to check back then for CNET's full coverage. Luckily, the rest of the CNET crew arrives today so I'll have lots of help.