Ericsson is following LG Electronics' decision to withdraw from MWC Barcelona 2020 due to concerns over the recent coronavirus outbreak. Ericsson said he appreciated everything GSMA had done to protect the health of visitors and exhibitors at the fair, but with thousands of people passing by his booth every day, he could not guarantee the health and safety of its employees and visitors.
Pulling out of the Mobile World Congress is not a decision exhibitors take lightly.
Spain, the City of Barcelona and the GSMA look forward to welcoming attendees to MWC Barcelona 2020.
But this year is bound to be different.
It is the second major firm to withdraw from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as South Korea's LG has already said it would skip the biggest annual event for the mobile phone industry.
The vendor follows in the footsteps of LG, who announced its withdrawal from the event earlier this week.
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"The health and safety of our employees, customers and other stakeholders are our highest priority", Ericsson President and CEO Börje Ekholm said in a press statement.
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. "This decision removes the risk of exposing hundreds of LG employees to worldwide travel which has already become more restrictive as the virus continues to spread across borders". The MWC event, which is scheduled to take place from 24 to 27 February, will be held in Barcelona, Spain.
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Ericsson has pulled out of MWC Barcelona 2020 due to concerns over the safety of its staff with respect to the coronavirus.
Nvidia was a major sponsor of the meeting, and also had actually partnered with the GSMA meeting arranging body to organize a whole track of 10 sessions and also roundtables around expert system, The Verge reported on Friday. "It is of great importance to the GSMA to continue to convene the industry at this critical time where connectivity is on the cusp of a new industrial revolution", GSMA said in a statement.