This happens for the first time in the entire 33-year history of the exhibition.
In Barcelona, canceled the World Mobile Congress-2020 (Mobile World Congress-2020), which is considered the largest exhibition of the mobile industry. This was reported by the local television channel 24 Horas and confirmed by Bloomberg with reference to the statement of the organizers.
Concern over the outbreak of coronavirus worldwide, travel worries and other circumstances make it impossible [to host the event].John HoffmanExecutive Director of GSMA, which organizes the exhibition
The announcement of the cancellation of MWC-2020 was unexpected for many. GSMA intended to discuss next steps on February 14th.
Some companies that refused to travel to MWC before canceling it
MWC-2020 was supposed to be held from February 24 to February 27 and accept more than 100 thousand participants from around the world. This is the first case in the entire 33-year history of the exhibition when the organizers canceled its holding.
At MWC-2020, among other things, the presentation of smartphones that support 5G technology was expected. Prior to the decision to cancel the exhibition, several major exhibitors, including Facebook, Amazon and AT&T, refused to go to Barcelona individually. According to Bloomberg, the largest companies participating in MWC often spend “tens of millions of dollars” on the exhibition. It is unclear exactly who will answer unexpected expenses — corporations or organizers. Wired citing sources wrote that the GSMA has asked the Spanish authorities to declare a state of emergency, to take advantage of insurance and avoid major losses.