The World’s Biggest Phone show – Mobile World Congress (MWC), is not taking place this year. After coronavirus frightened to drive MWC into chaos, the GSM Association (GSMA), which regulates the show, has now canceled it. It appears after more than a week of exhibitors and corporations drawing out of MWC.
Coronavirus infections have surpassed 42,000, with the number of deaths at more than 1,000. Most infections and deaths have been recorded in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei Province in China; however, a minimum of 25 countries have now reported occurrences. The GSMA had tried to ease concerns with eminent disinfection measures on-site, advising attendees don’t shake hands and even forbid visitors traveling from the Chinese province where coronavirus was first discovered.
MWC 2020 was set to feature an immense Chinese phone maker presence, with all the country’s major smartphone brands set to look at the present. LG pulled out of MWC earlier this month, and ZTE dropped a planned press event over coronavirus worries. Ericsson, one of the biggest exhibitors at MWC, additionally withdrew from the show, earlier Vivo, Sony, Amazon, Nvidia, Intel, and NTT Docomo all followed and canceled appearances. Nokia, Cisco, BT, and HMD also canceled appearances this week.