Organizers have canceled the world’s largest mobile tech show.
Citing the widespread concern about the coronavirus outbreak, GSMA has announced that Mobile World Congress (MWC) will no longer take place this year and is officially canceled. GSMA CEO John Hoffman said in a statement that the current situation of the outbreak made it impossible to hold the event.
The cancellation follows the exodus of companies like Sony, Nokia, ZTE and LG which all cited concerns about the health of their staff and attendees due to the coronavirus threat.
The full statement from GSMA is detailed below:
“Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.
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.
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.”
MWC 2020 was supposed to take place on February 23-27, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain.