This could be a piece of bad news for some tech fans! As, Just a few hours ago, A report came out from GSMA (Global System for Mobile communication) who is also behind the hosting for MWC event had called an emergency meeting to decide the fate and future of this year’s MWC conference event which will be held in Barcelona, Spain.
The panel committee in the team agreed on MWC 2020 to continue the event as planned from 24 of February to the 27th of February in 2020.
Now, the panel committee seems to have different mixed choices and have changed their stance on the current situation about the severe outbreak of Coronavirus around china! GSMA finally and officially confirmed that the conference is now been officially cancelled!
JUST IN: The 2020 Mobile World Congress has been canceled by GSMA because of #coronavirus fears.
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) February 12, 2020
Soon after the meeting, GSMA’s CEO John Hoffman confirmed that the fears surrounding the novel “Coronavirus outbreak”, “makes it impossible” to hold the event.
If you are unaware, The Mobile World Congress event is the biggest ever annual phone launch event in the world with an attraction for over an about hundreds and thousands of tech enthusiasts from all around the world.
The statement was:
“With a high tension about the safety and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because of the high global concerns over the severe coronavirus outbreak, travel concern, and other circumstances, which eventually makes it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event,”
This statement was given by Hoffman only!
If we talk about the impact of the Coronavirus around the world, the virus was first reported in Wuhan, Till the time this post was posted over 50,000 people have been infected with this virus.
The total death count is growing and growing and now it has reached about 1300, with several other cases of the same virus which was reported from other parts of the world, including India.
Getting back to the cancellation of the MWC 2020 event, the organizers seem to agree with their exhibitors who were withdrawing plans due to their employees’ health and safety issues.
Everything started off when the wireless equipment maker Ericsson confirmed that won’t be arriving in MWC 2020.
Soon after that most of the technology giant was withdrawing their presence in the upcoming MWC 2020.
As for now, it was only a few of the Chinese phone brands which include Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo and Realme who were ready for their presence for the MWC event for the year 2020.
Even though, GSMA had plans to take care more about the health concerns and even shared a safety guide just recently. As we mentioned in our another article about some of the other big names including Vivo, Amazon, Nokia, HMD Global, Cisco, Orange, and Sony among others pulled out from the event over the past few days.