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Sony pulls out of MWC 2020 tech trade show

Japanese giant will not attend Barcelona event

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Sony has been closely monitoring the evolving situation following the novel coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization on 30 January, 2020. As we place the utmost importance on the safety and well-being of our customers, partners, media and employees, we have taken the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibiting and participating at MWC 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. The Sony press conference will now instead take place at the scheduled time of 8:30am (CET) on 24 February, 2020 as a video via our official Xperia YouTube channel to share our exciting product news. Sony would like to thank everyone for their understanding and ongoing support during these challenging times.

Chinese firms' precautions ahead of MWC

Huawei's stand at Mobile World Congress 2019
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Huawei's stand at Mobile World Congress 2019

Many Chinese technology firms and handset makers still want to attend Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona in two weeks, and as such have been working on precautions of their own to prevent transmitting of the virus.

According to Wired, Huawei has quarantined all employees set to attend MWC for at least 14 days before the event outside China - everyone from executives to presenters to service staff.

And mobile device maker Xiaomi has made the decision not to invite any Chinese press to attend the tech conference at all, and to send its employees to Barcelona ahead of time.

ZTE will still be at MWC 2020

ZTE booth at Mobile World Congress 2019
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In an earlier post, we stated that Chinese tech firm ZTE had pulled out of attending Mobile World Congress 2020, due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.

ZTE has confirmed to the BBC that it is still planning to attend the tech conference in Barcelona on 24-27 February, but that it had cancelled one press conference that was scheduled for 25 February.

The Chinese tech firm said it would still have a booth at MWC an would be demonstrating 5G solutions and showcasing new 5G mobile devices as planned.

MWC usually attracts attendees from more than 200 countries.