The Coronavirus outbreak has started to impact people outside of China without actually infecting them. The risk of infection is really high and as a precaution measure, GSMA has decided to cancel Mobile World Congress this year. John Hoffman, GSMA CEO, has declared that the coronavirus outbreak made it impossible to hold the event without putting people’s health (and lives) at risk.
For those that don’t know, Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest technology events worldwide and was scheduled this February between the 24th and the 27th in Barcelona, Spain. Considering the number of invections, which has exceeded 44000 people as of this writing, with the wast majority in China, the decision is understandable. This year’s MWC would have seen a significant number of Chinese companies attending and launching new devices. This is the first time in its 33-year presence that MWC is canceled. Full statement below.
“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.”