Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 over coronavirus outbreak

  • Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 over coronavirus outbreak

Ericsson pulls out of MWC 2020 over coronavirus outbreak

After South Korean business LG electronic devices and also the Swedish telecommunication titan Ericsson, now graphics titan Nvidia has actually introduced that it is not sending its staff members to the Mobile World Congress 2020 in Barcelona as a result of the public wellness threats around the coronavirus.

The GSMA, MWC's organizer, said, "Ericsson's cancellation will have some impact on our presence at this time and will potentially have further impact", without elaborating. "We regret not attending, but believe this is the right decision", the company added. We hope to show our latest innovations at the MWC in Barcelona.

Ericsson is planning to showcase the products it meant to reveal at MWC at regional events later in the year called "Ericsson Unboxed". While there's little sign of a mass exodus in the works, the departure of Ericsson is a blow to the show because it's one of the biggest exhibitors.

But this year is bound to be different.

"The health and safety of our employees, customers and other stakeholders are our highest priority", said Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm (pictured above at last year's MWC).

But LG said on Tuesday that it dropped out "the risk of exposing hundreds of LG employees to global travel that has already become more limited as the virus continues to spread across borders".

It is the second major firm to withdraw from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, as South Korea's LG has already said it would skip the biggest annual event for the mobile phone industry.

GSMA, the trade group that puts on Mobile World Congress, has previously said it expected only "minimal" impact from the virus.

The GSMA this week announced measures to help prevent the spread of the virus across the event's three main venues, including changing microphones between speakers and advising all attendees to adopt a "no-handshake policy". However, the company will still be showing products at the event, which will be held from February 24-27.

GSMA continued: "Advocating across the industry through government and ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders has never been more critical".

"The GSMA is building on its existing plans to protect the health of our attendees, clients and staff at MWC Barcelona".

"The cancellation of Ericsson will now have some impact on our presence and may have further impact", the group said.

The Corona virus outbreak in China has resulted in more than 600 deaths across the world, with maximum casualties reported in China.