Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest phone show is no longer taking place this year. After the Coronavirus fears, that threw MWC into chaos, GSMA, who organizes the show, has now canceled it. John Hoffman, the CEO of GSMA said in a statement that the Coronavirus outbreak has made it “impossible” to hold the show. The Mobile World Congress was scheduled to occur in Barcelona between Feb 24-Feb 27.
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. The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision. However, the GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.”
Coronavirus-The reason for MWC not Happening
Importantly, Coronavirus deaths have exceeded 1,000 with the total number of infections at more than 42,000. Most cases of deaths and infections are reported in Wuhan and the nearby Hubei province of China. But other than that, at least 25 countries have now reported cases of Coronavirus. However, GSMA had tried to reduce fears by increasing disinfection measures on the world’s largest phone show. They recommended people not to shake hands and even banned on visitors traveling from the Wuhan province of China, where Coronavirus was discovered.
Basically, the GSMA is an industry trade organization that includes more than 1,200 companies across the mobile ecosystem. It is a chance for thousands to gather for deals, product launches, and partnerships. MWC is generally held in Barcelona once a year. Also, it has a big economic impact of 492 million euros and also creates 14,100 part-time jobs.
List of Companies that Pulled-out from World’s Largest Phone Show
MWC 2020 was set to feature a big Chinese phone maker presence, but it got canceled. Also, all the other country’s major smartphone brands were set to appear at the show. The major big companies that pulled out from the conference earlier are listed below.
- NTT Docomo
Via: The Verge