The coronavirus has removed one of the biggest technology shows.
MWC (formerly Mobile World Congress) was canceled in Barcelona, the world's largest mobile trade event, by its organizers on Wednesday.
"With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and in the host country today, the MWC GSMA canceled Barcelona 2020 because it is impossible for GSMA to hold the event, because of the global concern about the coronavirus outbreak, travel concerns and other circumstances. ”John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, wrote in a statement sent to the USA.
MWC was due to run from February 24 through February 27 and attracted approximately 100,000 people and over 2,400 exhibitors.
It is unlikely that GSMA will attempt to reschedule the show in 2020. Hoffman's statement continued that GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to work together and support each other for the MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions. . "
It is unclear whether GSMA will provide resources to help attendees set repayments or make other travel arrangements.
GSMA stated that any further updates will be made available on its website.
A major theme of the show was the global roll-out of other 5G networks for the next generation.
In recent days, however, some global exhibitors A list said they were departing from the event, including Amazon, Cisco, Deutsch Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook Intel, LG, Nokia, Sony and Vodafone. Some other companies announced like Samsung that they were describing the attendance.
Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi of China itself were among the companies still planning to show.
GSMA hoped to rescue the show by implementing health protections. All travelers from Hubei province of China were prevented from attending. Recent travelers in China would have to provide proof that they were outside the country at least 14 days before the event. The temperature of the people who attended would be filtered. And everyone was asked to self-certify that they were not in contact with anyone who was infected.
The organizers also planned to double their on-site medical support. But in the end, these efforts were not enough.
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