MWC 2020 Canceled Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

👤by Michael Pabia Comments 📅13.02.2020 01:29:28

The Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry which is attended by numerous companies including global mobile providers, technology providers, vendors, device manufacturers, and others. MWC 2020 is scheduled this coming 24th of February until the 27th, to be held in Barcelona, Spain. Days before the event, several companies have already backed out of the event due to the Coronavirus outbreak. While the epicentre of the outbreak is in Hubei, China, several companies have already pulled out of the said event.

NVIDIA is one of the big companies that withdrew from MWC Barcelona saying that the safety of their colleagues, partners, and customers is their highest concern. Read NVIDIA’s full statement here.

LG Electronics will also be skipping MWC 2020 giving the same reason as NVIDIA. LG will be holding separate events in the near future to announce its 2020 mobile products. Read LG’s full statement here.

Today, Nokia also decided to withdraw from MWC 2020 after assessing the dangers related to the worsening Coronavirus outbreak.

Other companies that have already withdrawn from MWC 2020 include Intel, Sony, Cisco, MediaTek, and others. Meanwhile, GSMA will decide the date of MWC 2020 this Friday, February 14, 2020.

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February 13, 2020 Update

As of today, GSMA canceled the MWC Barcelona 2020. Read the statement below:

Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.

With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.

The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision.

The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.

Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.

Source: MWC Barcelona