MWC 2020 has been canceled, GSMA confirms

MWC 2020 has been canceled, GSMA confirms
It’s official – Mobile World Congress 2020 won’t be happening later this month in Barcelona. The world’s largest tech conference has been canceled, GSMA has confirmed in a statement today.

The announcement follows an emergency meeting that took place earlier today. The gathering was originally scheduled to take place Friday, but the huge number of withdrawals over the coronavirus outbreak forced the GSMA to rethink its strategy.

Event organizers cite concern for public health as the main reason for the cancelation, although it appears clear that the lack of participants has hugely impacted the decision. For those of you that aren’t aware, the likes of Sony, LG, Amazon, and Facebook have all canceled in recent days.

Massive telecom giants, which are arguably the backbone of MWC, have also pulled out. These include AT&T, Orange, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, NTT Docomo, Nokia, and Ericsson.

The GSMA will now focus on MWC Shanghai and MWC Los Angeles, which are scheduled to take place later this year. The event will not return to Barcelona until February 2021, with the GSMA deciding to completely cancel rather than postpone this year’s gathering.



19. TadTrickle

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Phone Arena should do something about all the spam in the comment section.... ALONG WITH *IMPORTANT* adding the feature to be able to check your comment history. Not being able to pull up your comments replies is beyond strange. If it's not possible with this comment system, switch to disqus or something else

25. TBomb

Posts: 1758; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

They used to have the ability to check comment history and youd have a little notification count if someone responded to your comment.

26. joshuaswingle

Posts: 772; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

I know, I used to love that feature! I did ask for it to be implemented again when we updated the website design, but doesn’t look it’s happening hahaha

27. romeo1

Posts: 826; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Yes that is a feature that should be a must. But i think they probably know people can get into heavy arguments here and want to see the response. So they keep clicking on the article which generates more income for phone arena(because of all the adds)

18. TadTrickle

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

Oh well, it is what it is, I'm not losing sleep over it. They cancelled for a good reason. No amount of tech is worth ppl getting extremely sick...... mwc'21 will be even more interesting bc of the extra yr of technology to advance

9. Subie

Posts: 2467; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

So they are cancelling Spain but are still planning to go to Shanghai this year?...

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Remember that Trump said the Coronavirus will go away as the temperature starts climbing. Shanghai will be safe to visit in a few Uranium 238 half-lifes.

12. rsiders

Posts: 2065; Member since: Nov 17, 2011


17. TadTrickle

Posts: 164; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

You have TDS Crispin. Trump simply passed on information that was given to him.... Stop taking every word from the MSM as gospel, they will steer you incorrectly..... It's funny too, bc MSM were citing "experts" that disagreed with what Trump tweeted. Then they start coming out with articles about the virus that was the same thing Trump passed along (that the virus will considerably slow down or die when it starts to warm up)

15. Zylam

Posts: 1826; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Haha I know right

37. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

That is strange.....

4. Cat97

Posts: 2062; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It's the correct decision, the Chinese should stay home for a few weeks until everything is under control. No offense to anyone!

5. smallworld

Posts: 535; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Are you dumb? What an idiotic xenophobic comment.

7. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

How so? Your SJW nonsense is strong.

8. Cat97

Posts: 2062; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I hope you realize that this is not a game or social media or other stupid things that you grew up with and empowered you to make such stupid comments, this is the real world and it could kill a significant portion of world's population if not handled correctly.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Have you been living under a rock for the past few weeks? Turn off the YouTube and the PornHub for a minute and educate yourself about the global pandemic called "Coronavirus". No, it's not a bad batch of Mexican beer.

13. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 213; Member since: May 29, 2019

SJW's really do think the world is small. Go collapse from a fever, leave everyone else out of your voluntary suffering!

23. danny_a2005

Posts: 382; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Well said. Cat97. They should stay home until that thing has a cure. If anyone feels offended I don't care.

3. Pssst3 unregistered

MWC 2021 is being proactively cancelled due to concern over the predicted death toll from influenza, which will kill 50 as many people in 2020 as corona, and from xenophobia which will kill many more.

2. Mobilephile

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

This is a huge decision but for context, you have to consider all the thousands of other conferences/conventions going on in different parts of the world for different industries.

6. libra89

Posts: 2352; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This is true. That's a long wait though for this.

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