Now Intel, Vivo withdraw from MWC over coronavirus concerns

Now Intel, Vivo withdraw from MWC over coronavirus concerns

Now Intel, Vivo withdraw from MWC over coronavirus concerns

The GSMA, which organizes the MWC, said on February 9 it has implemented additional measures to reduce the coronavirus danger, including temperature screening, banning access to travelers from China's Hubei province, and requiring all travelers who have been in China to demonstrate proof they have been outside of China for at least 14 days.

That being said, Huawei and ZTE will attend the MWC 2020 by isolating Chinese staff for several days prior to the event. Now, the MWC 2020 field is looking very thin and we're left wondering why the GSMA, the body that governs the event, is going forward with it. "We will share more updates in due course". Despite being the world's largest mobile conference, it is looking to be quieter this year with a number of major companies pulling out due to coronavirus concerns. We have to hope that no one will willfully put others at risk.

In 2019, about 6 percent of those attending the Mobile World Congress were from China, the GSMA post-congress report showed.

Still, some companies aren't taking any chances with the coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed 910 lives and spread to more than 40,000 people, according to a site tracking the disease. The majority of deaths have been in China.

There have been more than 40,000 cases of Coronavirus globally, a lot of them in China, where the virus has claimed over 900 lives.

Bombardier and Gulfstream Aerospace has also said they will not attend.

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"We remain more than 2,800 strong exhibitors", a GSMA statement said.

We've informed GSMA, the organizers of MWC Barcelona, that we won't be sending our employees to this year's event. The people presenting at the company's booth will be sourced from their European offices. The company cited travel and visa delays as the primary reasons, though it also hinted at xenophobia playing a part.

United States telecoms R&D company Interdigital is another to have thrown the towel in today and our conversations around the industry indicate a lot of other U.S. companies have made the decision not to attend, but haven't formally announced it yet. The congress's organisers have already announced additional safety measures to prevent any risk for attendees.

On Sunday, the association said it would step up security measures to try and reassure exhibitors, saying it would have staff on hand to take visitors' temperatures and would impose restrictions on visitors coming from China.

TCL, some other Chinese company, stated it was once cancelling its world press match however would supply "private pre-briefings" and would nonetheless showcase on the business truthful.

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