The Mobile World Congress has been canceled.
The GSM Association (GSMA), which organizes the show, has canceled it, after more than a week of exhibitors and companies leaving the MWC for fear of the coronavirus.
Bloomberg reported that GSMA CEO John Hoffman said the coronavirus outbreak has made it impossible to hold the event. The MWC was taking place in Barcelona on February 24.
With due respect for the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has canceled MWC Barcelona 2020 because global concerns regarding the coronavirus outbreak, concerns about travel and other circumstances, make it impossible. for the GSMA to host the event.
Coronavirus infections have exceeded 42,000 with the total number of deaths in more than 1,000, although the risks of infection in Barcelona are not at all high. Most infections and deaths have been reported in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province in China, but at least 25 countries have reported cases. The GSMA had tried to allay fears by increasing disinfection measures at the site, recommending attendees not to shake hands, and even banning visitors from the province of China where the coronavirus, but it did not help: the pressure made them close the door.
The GSMA is an industry trade body representing more than 1,200 companies in the entire mobile ecosystem, so the economic impact that the city will suffer will be enormous, both from income in the congress itself and in part-time jobs, restaurants , hotels and other businesses that live from the MWC.
LG, ZTE, Ericsson, Nvidia, Intel, Vivo, Sony, Amazon, NTT Docomo, Cisco, Nokia, BT … there are many companies that announced that they will not go to MWC 2020, although there are almost 2,000 that have made a presence.
GSMA has pronounced itself as follows:
Since the first edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has brought together industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.
With due respect for the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has canceled MWC Barcelona 2020 because global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, concern about travel and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event.
The host parties respect and understand this decision.
The GSMA and the host city festivities will continue to work in unison and support each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.
Our sympathies at the moment are with those affected in China and around the world.
A very bad news for all lovers of technology.