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  • MWC 2020 cancelled amid coronavirus fears


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    The world's largest mobile phone showcase, Mobile World Congress (MWC), has been cancelled over coronavirus concerns, organisers have confirmed.




    The GSM Association (GSMA) said it had become "impossible" for the event to go ahead as planned in Barcelona.






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    Earlier this week, Amazon, Sony, LG Electronics, Ericsson, Facebook, and chipmakers Intel and Nvidia said they would not attend the conference. BT, Facebook, LG, Nokia, Sony and Vodafone were also among the high-profile exhibitors to have pulled out of the annual event, citing coronavirus fears.






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    In a statement, GSMA chief executive John Hoffman said: "With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020."




    He said "global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances" had made it impossible to hold the event.






     




    If I'm being honest, personally, I think this is a massive overreaction. However, I think it must be difficult to continue with the event if big name companies have pulled out prior to the announcement. It must really suck though for all the smaller companies who had invested heavily into the event. 



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