Mobile World Congress 2020 Gets Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Concerns

GSMA May Decide To Call Off Mobile World Congress Owing To Mass Absentees Report

Sony, Amazon drop out of major European tech show over a virus

HMD Global said that the conference has always been a key stage for launching new products, however, the safety of employees, customers and stakeholders is the companys highest priority.

Nokia and HMD have followed other companies in canceling their participation at MWC 2020 keeping in mind the Coronavirus scare. Sony says its press conference will still be on, but that it will be a video-only event hosted on its Xperia YouTube channel.

A report in Wired suggests insurance policies would not cover losses if GSMA chooses to cancel the event, rather than being required to do so by authorities declaring a health emergency.

The organizers of MWC, GSMA, are said to hold a meeting on February 14th to decide the fate of the event and to determine whether it will go ahead or not.

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The world's biggest mobile tradeshow, Mobile World Congress (MWC), is due to take place in Barcelona just under two weeks' time, on February 24-27.

Expect some precautions to be in place for the show, however. They have completely banned people coming from China's Hubei province, where coronavirus has claimed the maximum number of lives. GeForce Now may also have been part of plans as the service is now available across Android devices. "We will be announcing FlexPai 2, a brand new foldable phone featuring flagship performance and Royole's core tech, before MWC 2020". China's ZTE, meanwhile, scaled back by dropping its press conference. With so many cancelations, MWC 2020's fate has been in question over the past couple of days.

German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom, and BT, Britain's biggest telecommunications group, have also backed out citing coronavirus outbreak, they announced on Wednesday.

Sony is live streaming the unveil of Xperia and Ericsson will have local Unboxed events to present what it would have at the WMC.

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You can check out the full list of companies that have withdrawn from MWC this year below.

"Ericsson appreciates that GSMA have done everything they can to control the risk", the Swedish telecoms company said last week.

Nvidia: Chip maker Nvidia also said it was skipping MWC and not sending any employees to the show.

Sony Corp on Monday became the fifth company to pull out of this month's worldwide telecoms conference in Barcelona over fears related to the coronavirus.

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This year's event was expected to host the largest contingent on record from China.

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