The world’s biggest phone show, MWC (Mobile World Conference), is no longer taking place this year due to fears over the spread of coronavirus.
MWC usually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from 200 countries to Barcelona. This year’s show was supposed to take place on February 24-27.
The coronavirus struck China harder than ever. As of this week, the number of confirmed cases rose to over 42,000 and more than 1,000 people in China who had been infected with the virus have died.
“The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision. The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.”A press statement issued by GSMA states.
GSMA serves more than 1,000 businesses across mobile markets, including mobile operators, smartphone and device manufacturers, software companies, hardware providers and internet companies, as well as organizations in adjacent industries.
It also produces the industry’s leading MWC conferences that are held annually in Barcelona, Shanghai and Los Angeles, as well as the international conference series Mobile 360.
US computer processor maker Intel and China-based smartphone company Vivo had withdrawn from MWC 2020 earlier this week.
Other companies which withdrew their participation from MWC 2020 last week are Sony and LG based in Korea, Ericsson based in Sweden and NTT DoC based in Japan.
Social media giant Facebook and big eCommerce Amazon have pulled out of MWC 2020 citing similar concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.
Although MWC 2020 is being cancelled, the industry association said GSMA will continue to work for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future versions together with its partners.