After several companies pulled from MWC 2020 in Barcelona, the GSMA (Global System for Mobile Communications) has officially cancelled the tech show. A few hours ago, GSMA announced that it was cancelling MWC 2020 due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement, GSMA CEO John Hoffman said that it is impossible for MWC 2020 tech show to happen because of the coronavirus. The announcement came soon after major tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, Sony, Vivo, Intel, Nvidia, TCL, LG, Ericsson, Nokia, and HMD Global announced their withdrawal from the show. All of these brands said that they didn’t want to risk the health and well-being of their employees.
MWC 2020 was scheduled to take place from February 24th to February 27th. Several companies were supposed to introduce their latest products at the tech show. This year, many phone makers were expected to unveil their latest 5G smartphones and new technologies.
The statement from GSMA’s CEO reads, “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event. The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision. The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions. Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.”
It’s worth mentioning that cancellation of MWC 2020 could reportedly result in a loss of $492 million euros for the Barcelona economy. As per reports, the tech show typically creates more than 14,000 jobs every year in February.
That said, some of the phone makers like HMD Global, OPPO, Vivo, Xiaomi and more will still hold standalone events to introduce their latest products, which they were earlier planning to announce at MWC 2020. So, we can expect the latest phones from these companies to be introduced in the near future.