Nokia Mobile (HMD Global) announces it won't be attending MWC 2020

Nokia Mobile (HMD Global) announces it won't be attending MWC 2020

The organisers of the congress, the global association of manufacturers of mobile devices, will meet on Friday to decide if extra measures need to be taken to guarantee the safety of the event, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported.

The GSMA has banned attendees from China's Hubei Province, where the coronavirus outbreak began, and required others to prove that they had been outside the country for at least two weeks prior to the event.

Since its outbreak late a year ago, the coronavirus has spread beyond China's borders to more than two dozen countries. The ongoing coronavirus outbreak has forced organizer GSMA to pull the plug on the tech show, which was scheduled to be held February 24 to 27.

Many people had already reserved hotel rooms and booked plane tickets to the events and exhibitors started to prepare booths, and it will have a serious economic impact on Barcelona businesses, but public health should be the priority.

Following a series of crisis meetings on Wednesday afternoon, the industry association GSMA, organizer of the MWC, has chose to cancel the event completely for this year. Its announcement comes in the wake of Sony, LG, NVIDIA, Amazon, Vivo, Intel, and MediaTek's announcements to not attend the event which is scheduled to begin on February 24 and end on February 27.

Of the 100,000 that usually attend the conference, an average of 6,000 come from China. However, this appeared to backfire, galvanising companies who had been monitoring the situation to confirm they would pull out.

In light of the spreading threat of the coronavirus in China, more companies are pulling out of the Mobile World Congress 2020 (MWC 2020) as a precaution.

"The host city parties respect and understand this decision", reads the official GSMA statement. He concluded his statement by stating that canceling MWC 2020 will also reduce the risk of disease outbreak in the host city Barcelona.

The coronavirus is a virus that has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ben Wood, Chief of Research, CCS Insight, said: "The GSMA has been a victim of circumstances out of its control and it's a huge disappointment the show will not go ahead this year".



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