Intel and Vivo withdraw from MWC in Barcelona alongside others

Intel and Vivo withdraw from MWC in Barcelona alongside others
The new decade has not been kind to Mobile World Congress so far. Major players including Sony, LG, and Ericsson have already canceled their plans to attend over coronavirus fears and now four other companies have announced similar measures.

The world’s sixth-largest smartphone manufacturer, Vivo, has confirmed it’s withdrawing from MWC in Barcelona. The company was planning to unveil its Apex 2020 concept phone in Barcelona but says revised plans will be issued soon.

Vivo cited the health and safety of its employees and the public as the primary reason for the decision.

Following in these footsteps is chipmaker Intel. Speaking to VentureBeat about its decision, the company said “the safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution.”

Joining the two companies mentioned above is NTT Docomo, one of Japan’s largest carriers, and Chinese smartphone manufacturer UMIDIGI, who urged everybody to “stay safe” in Barcelona after the announcement of its withdrawal.

These cancelations come despite the GSM Association’s newest measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. All travelers from China’s Hubei province are banned and everybody else will need to prove they’ve been out of China for at least 14 days.

The event organizers are also preparing extra sanitary products for members of the public and will be using thermal cameras at entrances.

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5 Comments

2. surethom

Posts: 1775; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Hope MWC dont lose any money this year?

5. joshuaswingle

Posts: 774; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The companies that pull out still have to cover all of their MWC costs. GSMA will only be responsible financially if it cancels the entire event.

1. Takeharu

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Honestly they might as well cancel MWC at this point

4. Joshh

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

They will soon.

8. toukale

Posts: 676; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

There is no way the organizers will cancel, they will have to eat the financial costs. They will simply let each company eat that costs instead of them. It's always about the money.

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