The world's most important mobile communications fair MWC in Barcelona is canceled this year due to the risk of coronavirus. The organizers canceled it on Wednesday evening. In a statement by Exhibition Director John Hoffman, global concern about the onset of coronavirus disease, travel concerns and other circumstances made it "impossible for the GSMA to hold onto the event," announced the cell phone provider association (GSMA),
Many large exhibitors had previously announced that they would stay away from the industry meeting scheduled for the end of February. On Wednesday alone, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, network supplier Nokia and others announced that they would stay away from the event. The GSMA, which organizes the Mobile World Congress (MWC), then hastily called a conference call among its members, according to Spanish media reports.
Flood of cancellations
At the weekend, the GSMA emphasized that despite the coronavirus concerns, the fair should take place from February 24 to 27, as planned – but with additional protective measures. The organizers had initially tried to reassure the participants with additional cleaning and disinfection measures. In addition, all travelers from the Chinese crisis province of Hubei should be denied access to the MWC. People staying in China should provide proof that they left the country at least 14 days ago.
In the end, the organizers were overwhelmed by the flood of cancellations. Previously, major exhibitors such as Sony and Amazon, the telecom equipment supplier Ericsson, the South Korean electronics group LG and the chip manufacturer Nvidia had canceled. On Tuesday, the chip giant Intel, the US telecom group AT&T and the Chinese smartphone provider Vivo announced that they were in stay away from the MWC this year given the coronavirus risks.
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