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Mobile World Congress 2020 is cancelled amid fears from coronavirus


Mobile World Congress 2020 has been cancelled, says GSMA, the show’s organisers, because of the threat from coronavirus.

Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.

“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,” said the GSMA in a statement.

“Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.”

A second large industry show, Embedded World 2020, is also taking place later this month, in Nuremberg, Germany. Some companies have already announced their withdrawal from that event, too, among them STMicroelectronics, Microchip, Digi-Key and ROHM Semiconductor.

STMicroelectronics has taken the decision to withdraw from exhibiting at Embedded World in Nuremberg later this month. The company has been closely following the situation related to the novel Coronavirus outbreak in China and has taken a number of precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its employees worldwide,” stated a press announcement issued by the $9.56bn global firm. “We thank the Nürnberg Messe GmbH for their understanding and we look forward to attending and supporting their events in the future.”

“ROHM Semiconductor Europe has taken the prudent decision to withdraw from Embedded World 2020 after a full assessment of the risks related to a fast-moving situation,” it was released in a statement.

Embedded World runs from the 25th to the 27th of February .

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