Big Tech Firms Pull Out of Mobile World Congress 2020 due to Coronavirus outbreak:
The Mobile World Congress 2020 is to be held in Barcelona From 24th February to 27th February. More than 100,000 attend the MWC alone. Barcelona depends heavily on tourism. However, big tech firms are pulling out of the Mobile world congress in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Intel and Vivo step back from MWC
The latest companies that announced their withdrawal are Intel and Vivo. The companies cited concerns about the Coronavirus.
Spanish media reported that the GSMA, organizing the MWC, would meet on Friday. The meeting would be about whether the event should be cancelled altogether.
Sony, LG Electronics, Amazon, Ericsson, US chip company Nvidia have already withdrawn from the MWC. Other big brands have been considering their plans.
Around 6000 people among the 100,000 visit the MWC from China, as suggested by the GSMA figures.
What GSMA said?
The latest statement from the GSMA said that more than 2800 exhibitors were still to attend the event.
“The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution”, said Intel explaining its reason for withdrawal.
Huawei said that it was reviewing the situation on a daily basis but still were planning to come to the event.
Vivo was planning to launch its product range at the MWC. But, withdrew from the event today morning.
TCL, another Chinese firm, said it was cancelling its global press event but would offer “private pre-briefings” and would still exhibit at the trade fair.
Google and Microsoft are still to attend the event.
Nokia said that it was currently planning to attend but said that the situation is fluid.
The decision to cancel the attendance could prove expensive for smaller firms.
A software startup Lightico based in Israel / New York said it is expected to lose $15000 by not attending. It will be holding a ‘virtual booth’ instead.
The GSMA is insisting quarantine for two weeks prior to the start of the show for its visitors from China.