Mobile World Congress

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  2. Sony pulls out of MWC 2020 tech trade show

    Japanese giant will not attend Barcelona event

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    Quote Message: 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.
  3. Chinese firms' precautions ahead of MWC

    Huawei's stand at Mobile World Congress 2019
    Image caption: 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.

  4. ZTE will still be at MWC 2020

    ZTE booth at Mobile World Congress 2019

    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.

  5. 'A lot of other vendors will be thinking hard now'

    A sign advertising Mobile World Congress 2020

    Technology industry analyst Dean Bubley says Swedish telecoms equipment giant Ericsson's decision to pull out of the annual Mobile World Congress tech conference in Barcelona this month could spur other firms to do the same.

    "It must have been a hugely difficult decision, given the massive amount of time and thought that will have gone into Ericsson's preparation," Mr Bubley told the BBC.

    "A lot of other vendors will be thinking hard now. Clearly some vendors will have spent a lot on preparation, although it's hard to know how much booths, for example, will get recycled for other events, and whether flights and hotels are cancellable."

  6. GSMA responds to Ericsson MWC announcement

    Outside a convention centre where Mobile World Congress is held in Barcelona

    The Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), which organises the annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) tech conference in Barcelona has responded to Swedish telecom equipment giant Ericsson's decision to pull out of the event.

    Ericsson typically has one of the biggest exhibits and stands at the conference each year.

    "The GSMA regret to see Ericsson’s decision not to attend MWC Barcelona this year as they are an important player in our ecosystem," the organisation said.

    "We respect their decision and are reassured by their commitment that they will be at MWC Barcelona 2021 in full force and our rebook trends for next year’s event remain high.

    "Ericsson’s cancellation will have some impact on our presence at this time and will potentially have further impact."

  7. More on Mobile World Congress and coronavirus

    Mobile World Congress 2019

    The annual Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show is held in Barcelona for three days every February, and it typically attracts over 100,000 people from over 200 countries.

    MWC is organised by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), which represents mobile operators around the world.

    The event helps to connect mobile network operators with device makers, software companies, internet companies and equipment providers, and to showcase new technologies and products to potential customers.

    On Tuesday, the GSMA released a list of measures it is implementing to control the potential spread of the coronavirus.

    The measures include an increased cleaning and disinfection programme across all high-volume touch points at the conference centre, increased medical support, new signs reminding attendees of hygiene recommendations, asking all attendees not to shake hands, and training staff, third party vendors and exhibitors on personal hygiene and disinfection materials and measures.

  8. BreakingEricsson pulls out of Mobile World Congress

    Ericsson

    Swedish telecoms equipment giant Ericsson has announced that it is pulling out of attending the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2020 conference in Barcelona, Spain - the world's biggest annual event for the telecoms industry.

    Ericsson, which in the past has often had the largest booths and exhibits at the conference, said that after an extensive internal risk assessment, it had decided to withdraw from the event to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers in light of the coronavirus outbreak, which has spread to more than 25 countries.

    "Ericsson appreciates that GSMA have done everything they can to control the risk," the firm said in a statement.

    "However, as one of the largest exhibitors, Ericsson has thousands of visitors in its hall each day and even if the risk is low, the company cannot guarantee the health and safety of its employees and visitors."

    South Korea's LG Electronics has also pulled out of the event, while China's ZTE has cancelled a press conference set to occur during the event.

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