Sina Technology News, Beijing time on the morning of February 11, February 24-27, the annual World Mobile Communications Conference will be opened in Barcelona, Spain. The information on the official website shows that this time the exhibition is expected to have more than 2,400 exhibitors and more than 100,000 participants. However, due to the impact of the new coronavirus epidemic, many companies have announced their withdrawal from this conference or reduced the scale of exhibitors, and the conference has been greatly impacted.
Currently announced plans to withdraw or reduce participation include:
Intel today announced its withdrawal from the Mobile World Congress (MWC) held in Barcelona, Spain at the end of the month. Its spokesperson stated in a statement, “The safety and health of our employees and partners is our top priority and we are under careful consideration. We have decided to withdraw this year. Mobile World Congress.”
Ericsson announced on the 7th that due to the impact of the novel coronavirus, Ericsson has decided to withdraw from the 2020 Mobile World Congress (MWC), mainly because it cannot guarantee the health and safety of employees and customers.
Amazon announced on Sunday that it would withdraw from the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona later this month due to the novel coronavirus. Amazon said in its statement that it was “due to the outbreak and continued concerns about the new crown virus”,
Nvidia announced on the 10th that it will not send employees to participate in this year’s MWC in Barcelona, Spain. Nvidia said: Taking into account the public health risks around the coronavirus, ensuring the safety of colleagues, partners and customers is our top priority. We have been looking forward to sharing our work in AI and 5G with the industry. We regret not participating, but we believe this is the right decision.
LG Electronics stated that the company decided to cancel its plan to participate in the 2020 MWC to ensure the safety and health of employees and the general public. The company originally planned to release two new flagship models at this MWC.
Sony said in a statement that it has decided to withdraw from the MWC 2020 exhibition in Barcelona, Spain, and the press conference will be changed to online.
Sony said in a statement that the company has been closely monitoring the situation of the new coronavirus. “Because we attach great importance to the safety of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the MWC 2020 exhibition in Barcelona, Spain.”
TCL Communication issued an announcement on the 10th. In view of the widespread spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, which has triggered deep concerns about public health in the international community, TCL Communication decided to cancel the original due to consideration of the personal health and safety of employees, customers, media and guests. MWC 2020 global press conference scheduled to be held on February 22, 2020. Other activities during MWC 2020 will continue as usual and will not be affected.
Samsung is reducing the scale of MWC exhibitions. Many executives have cancelled their schedules. In addition to ordinary exhibition booths, they may not add more exhibition booths. The source also said that the company is still “considering” and may change its approach again at any time.
ZTE will cancel its press conference at MWC 2020, citing the indirect impact of the virus outbreak, as well as travel and visa delays.
In addition, GSMA, the organizer of the MWC, sent an email to the participants a few days ago, listing the prevention and control measures taken in response to the epidemic, including banning all participants from Hubei Province. GSMA also requires participants who have been to China before to prove that they have not been to Hubei in the past 14 days. Participants must also pass a temperature check and prove that they have not been in contact with an infected person.
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