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MWC 2020 cancelled over coronavirus (Covid-19) fears

By Ken Wong - on 13 Feb 2020, 9:50am

MWC 2020 cancelled over coronavirus (Covid-19) fears

The annual smartphone industry event of the year, the Mobile World Congress (MWC) has been cancelled by organisers, the GSMA, over travel concerns caused by the novel coronavirus, or Covid-19 as it is now named by the WHO.

In a statement, John Hoffman, CEO GSMA Limited said that the global concern regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event and they would be working towards MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.

Companies who had already announced plans to withdraw include Nvidia, Sony, LG and Amazon. Reports also claimed that some of those still committed to going had announced plans to scale back on their presence this year.

It is unclear if this move by GSMA will have any impact on the Singapore Air Show which has already started, albeit with some companies already withdrawing. The IT Show 2020 that was originally scheduled in March, is also postponed.