MWC cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Yolanda Curtis
February 27, 2020

This is the reason behind the cancellation of the marquee event in the mobile phone industry.

Telecoms lobby GSMA will hold a board meeting on Friday to discuss possible cancellation of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona after several big-name withdrew because of the coronavirus outbreak, an industry source said on Tuesday. The organisers offered reassurance to the remaining exhibitors and visitors that health and safety measures had been stepped up, but ultimately, the GSMA took the decision to cancel for 2020. The event was scheduled to take place from February 24 to February 27. Now, the world's biggest smartphone trade show is being cancelled.

In light of the spreading threat of the coronavirus in China, more companies are pulling out of the Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC 2020) as a precaution.

The organizers of this Barcelona event, GSMA, announced Wednesday, February 12 that it is calling off this year's MWC. GSMA CEO John Hoffman said that the virus outbreak has made it "impossible" to hold the event.

The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, has infected more than 42,000 people and more than 1,000 people have died, primarily in China.

"The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision". Also, GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to work in unison for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.

More than 20 companies, including LG, Nvidia, Intel, Mediatek, Amazon, Facebook, Nokia, have withdrawn from the conference over fears related to the Coronavirus, now named Covid-19, which has killed more than 1000 so far.

Earlier this month, Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 citing health concerns of employees and attendees. It is expected that more global events will be called off in the following weeks amid the coronavirus scare.

Still, when there is a global health concern making its way around, cancelling events does seem to be in everyone's best interests.

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