Coronavirus impact: Ericsson withdraws from MWC Barcelona 2020

Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 as Coronavirus concerns intensify

Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 as Coronavirus concerns intensify

"Due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus Ericsson has taken the decision to withdraw from the industry event GSMA Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2020 as the health and safety of employees and customers can not be ensured", it said in a statement.

The GSMA telecoms lobby, which hosts the event, said it regretted Ericsson's decision, saying it would have an impact on the February 24-27 gathering.

"GSMA continues to monitor and evaluate the potential impact of Corona virus on MWC Barcelona 2020 as the health and safety of our participants, visitors and staff are of great importance". We hope to show our latest innovations at the MWC in Barcelona.

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 is planning to showcase the products it meant to reveal at MWC at regional events later in the year called "Ericsson Unboxed". These events will be called "Ericsson Unboxed".

But this year is bound to be different.

With the fast spread of the Novel Coronavirus revealing no indicators of reducing, the sector spectators has actually additionally advised that might quickly do the same.

South Korea's LG Electronics, Ericsson, the Swedish telecoms equipment-maker, and USA chip company NVIDIA have all withdrawn from the conference, which runs between 24 and 27 February. Yesterday, LG announced that it would not be in the event over the same reason.

As well as drawing large numbers of visitors, the Mobile World Congress usually gives a $500 million lift to the local economy as delegates throng to the Fira trade fairgrounds, wine and dine contacts and criss-cross Barcelona by taxi.

"Ericsson's cancellation will have some impact on our presence at this time and will potentially have further impact", the group said. "Advocating across the industry through government and ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders has never been more critical".

ZTE also said it is taking precautions in light of the coronavirus outbreak, including the quarantine of all staff in mainland China for two weeks before traveling to Barcelona and making sure that all senior executives involved in high-level meetings pass those two weeks of isolation in Europe.

We've informed GSMA, the organizers of MWC Barcelona, that we won't be sending our employees to this year's event.

The industry body added that it has implemented "extensive "additional health measures" for the event".

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