With several major companies retreating of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 over the week, the GSM Association (GSMA) has now announced that the event is officially canceled.
CEO of GSMA John Hoffman confirmed to The Financial Times and Bloomberg that the coronavirus outbreak has made it impossible to carry the event. The official statement says:
With due reference to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and therefore the host country today, the GSMA has canceled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the worldwide concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to carry the event.
It is unclear whether the pre-MWC events planned for February 22-23 will still happen or not, but since none of them were being held at MWC itself, they’re going to go as planned. it’s also unclear whether the businesses still involved, namely Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, Motorola, etc will reschedule to a pre-MWC date or have an entire change of venue.
GSMA says that they’re looking forward to hosting MWC 2021 in Barcelona, the town which has been home to the mobile world’s biggest annual event since 2006.
We will keep you posted about any future updates on the event.