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Mobile World Congress Cancelled

GSMA is not even going to try to postpone. The organization is already looking ahead to Mobile World Congress 2021.

eetimes.com, Feb. 12, 2020 – 

After a week during which one large exhibitor after another pulled out of Mobile World Congress, the organizers of the show have canceled it outright.

The GSMA today released the following statement:

With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled 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.

The GSMA had plans to meet on Friday – two days hence – to make a decision on whether or not to hold the show, but the rush of exhibitors pulling out of the event made the cancellation all but inevitable. Companies such as Amazon, LG, Nvidia, Ericsson and Viavi had decided not to go. In quick succession they were joined by Facebook, Nokia, Cisco, Intel, Sony, MediaTek, BT, Accedian, Spirent and many others.

Mobile World Congress, scheduled to be held in two weeks in Barcelona, is nearly the span of two continents away from the epicenter of the viral outbreak in Wuhan. Furthermore, there has been only a single confirmed case of the new virus in all of Spain as of Saturday (Feb. 9).

But the fear was too great. Exhibitors, journalists, and other attendees have been on social media for days, polling business colleagues and friends to see who might skip MWC this year.

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