[List] These Companies Are Not Attending MWC 2020 Due To Coronavirus

Recently, there has been a potential risk of the coronavirus that has loomed over MWC 2020 in Barcelona since the news broke during the early stage of this year.

Mobile World Congress is still due to take place in Barcelona from February 24-27 but firms are canceling their attendance by the day over potential fears that the illness may be spread. The event attracts over 100,000 delegates and attendees from 200 countries, making this one of the biggest trade events in tech calendars.

The GSMA — the event organizer — has announced a number of event restrictions to help lower the risk to attendees still heading out to the conference. They have also included an outright ban on any potential travelers coming from the Hubei province in China — where the virus was first identified.

More stringent screening and temperature measurements of attendees is also going to be carried out to ensure that any coronavirus risks are mitigated. Conference-goers are also expected to self-certify they have not come into contact with anyone potentially infected by the virus. There is also a “no handshake” policy suggested to help reduce these risks even further.

Companies that will not attend:

  • Amazon
  • Ericsson
  • Intel
  • LG
  • MediaTek
  • Nvidia
  • Sony
  • Vivo
Of course, some firms have canceled press conferences and product launch keynotes but will still have a scaled-back presence at the event. We are intending on heading to the event — so long as it goes ahead as the GSM Association has planned. Some of the firms will have fewer employees and executives on-site at MWC to prevent any infection risk.

Companies with a scaled-back presence:
  • TCL
  • Huawei
  • Samsung
  • ZTE
  • Xiaomi
It is understandable that many will be concerned about the spread of the coronavirus at MWC 2020, but the measures in place should help alleviate any potential risks. It’s worth noting that the World Health Organization has in-depth travel documentation and advice for those worried about the spread of respiratory illness.
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