Mobile World Congress 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns

The GSMA MWC series (formally known as Mobile World Congress), the world’s largest exhibition for the mobile industry has been cancelled. 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.

According to an official statement from John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Limited, the trade-show has been cancelled due to global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, making it impossible for the organisers to hold the event.

A large number of vendors announced plans to withdraw from the upcoming show prior to the cancellation. This included major vendors and operators such as Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Intel, LG, Nokia, STMicroelectronics, Vivo, and Vodafone. Health measures were already to be instituted, including a requirement for Chinese attendees to undergo a two-week quarantine prior to the event, as well as body temperature checks of attendees, but the organisers made the decision to cancel the event entirely.