The chip giant Intel will also stay away from the world’s most important industry meeting in Barcelona. Intel will limit itself to a digital presence, the company announced on Thursday, confirming a report by world. The drone specialist DJI also decided not to participate, as a spokesman for the newspaper said.
Goal: 50,000 visitors
The organizer, the mobile operator association GSMA, is sticking to the plan to bring together 45,000 to 50,000 participants in Barcelona. This would make the Mobile World Congress the first major international event in attendance since the beginning of the pandemic; under normal circumstances, however, more than 100,000 industry representatives and journalists came to the fair in previous years. In February 2020, the MWC was among the first events to be canceled due to the corona risk.
Rejections by major exhibitors had increased in the past few weeks. Ericsson and Nokia have already announced that they will be staying away from the event this year. The Swedish and Finnish network suppliers are two of the three most important MWC exhibitors. Cisco and Sony Mobile were also quick to cancel. Most recently, Google also announced that it would not be there this year, but only want to take part in the MWC virtually.
Security concept stands
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.