- GSMA Cancels Mobile World Congress 2020 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
- Since the first edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.
- Several tech companies had officially withdrawn their presence.
After adversely affecting the Exhibition Industry in the Asia-Pacific region, Coronavirus has managed to impact the largest global technology event – Mobile World Congress (MWC). Amid fears of the spread of the deadly virus, the MWC organizing body — the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA) — has canceled the 2020 event in Barcelona.
Since the first edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.
In a statement released by GSMA, it was conveyed that, with due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has canceled 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.
Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.– GSMA
Even before the event was canceled by GSMA on the 12th of February, US-based computer processor maker Intel and China-based smartphone brand Vivo had withdrawn from MWC 2020. Various other companies like Korea-based Sony and LG, Sweden-based Ericsson, and Japan-based NTT DoC had also withdrawn their participation from MWC 2020 last week. Social media giant Facebook and e-commerce major Amazon had also pulled themselves out of MWC 2020 in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Cisco Systems took to Twitter to announce that it would not be at MWC.
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While the health and safety of our employees is our absolute priority, we also recognize that we have a responsibility to the industry and our customers. In view of this, we have taken the necessary time to evaluate a fast-moving situation, engage with the GSMA and other stakeholders, regularly consult external experts and authorities, and plan to manage risks based on a wide range of scenarios. The conclusion of that process is that we believe the prudent decision is to cancel our participation at Mobile World Congress.– NOKIA
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Shanghai and Los Angeles, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.