Google is the next major exhibitor that will not take part in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which is scheduled for the end of June. The decision was made in view of the internal Corona travel restrictions and protocols, according to a statement by the Internet company. Although other large exhibitors have also canceled, the industry association GSMA wants to continue to stick to the concept of the presence fair.
Google will oppose it only take part in the MWC 2021 virtuallyhow they opposite The Verge explain. Earlier, Ericsson and Nokia, among others, had announced that they would not go to Barcelona this year. However, the two network suppliers also want to take part in the virtual event.
Reduced presence fair with a virtual part
As the organizer, the mobile operator association GSMA has so far stuck to its plan to bring together 45,000 to 50,000 participants in Barcelona instead of the usual over 100,000 visitors. This would make the Mobile World Congress the first major international event since the beginning of the pandemic. In February 2020, the MWC was among the first events to be canceled due to corona risks, also because more and more important exhibitors had canceled.
Since then, numerous major events have been canceled or have only taken place virtually. The event industry hopes that some trade fairs and events will be possible again this summer. The GSMA had therefore last postponed the MWC Barcelona from the end of February to the end of June. The fair will now take place from June 28th to July 1st.
Flood of rejection despite the hygiene concept
The GSMA’s security concept for the trade fair in Barcelona includes quick test stations, additional entrances and exits in the exhibition halls, improved ventilation systems and a mask requirement. Students should also download an app that can be used for contact tracking.
However, Google, Ericsson and Nokia are not the only major exhibitors who have canceled their physical participation in MWC 2021. Across from TelecomTV hat Oracle also declares that it will not take part in the fair this year. According to data from Cnet will also be Sony stay away from MWC 2021. The Spanish media have been talking about a “déjà vu” since the beginning of this month, because the cancellations by large companies traditionally also prompt smaller exhibitors to take similar steps. (with material from dpa) /