World's top mobile show called off over coronavirus fears

In today's announcement, the GSMA also noted it wanted to keep Barcelona, the host city for MWC, safe from the illness.

Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world's largest mobile phone trade show, has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding the growing Wuhan coronavirus epidemic.

Other companies that have also dropped out of the event include smartphone vendors Vivo and LG Electronics, chip suppliers Intel Corp and Nvidia, as well as Facebook, Sony Corp and Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing subsidiary of Amazon.com.

The Coronavirus that originated in the Wuhan district in China has been declared as a "public health emergency" by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The news was confirmed by the organisers of the event, the GSMA, according to reports from the BBC. The organizer originally expected more than 100,000 visitors and more than 2800 exhibitors this year.

The GSM Association took this decision after a video conference meeting with 26 mobile network representatives, including big names like Verizon, Vodafone, Telefonica, and Deutsche Telekom.

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We'll update this piece with more information on firm plans for launches once we know them, from companies such as Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and many more. We are grateful to the GSMA for their understanding and look forward to attending and supporting future Mobile World Congress events.

Ben Wood, a mobile analyst from CCS Insight consultancy, 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".

"The impact on small companies who have invested a disproportionate amount of their budgets and time on this event should not be under-estimated".

Does the cancellation cause problems for MWC 2021?

So there will still be private events organized at MWC 2020 as mentioned above, but the situation is still very much evolving, so I'd not be surprised if things change in the next few days. Event officials also plan to implement temperature screening for attendees, while stepping up cleaning and the availability of sanitizers at the MWC venue. Despite how it may appear, or the news that filtered out yesterday, MWC 2020 isn't canceled.

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