Organizers Cancel Mobile World Congress Over Coronavirus Fears

Amazon is the latest company to cancel its plans for the Mobile World Congress, which will take place later this month in Barcelona, over coronavirus-related concerns. "This is also what the Mobile World Congress, the "class reunion" of our industry, stands for", Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges posted on LinkedIn.

"We have already implemented additional health measures ahead of MWC 2020 and will continue to seek expert medical advice on a frequent basis". Likewise, HMD Global - which designs and markets phones under the Nokia brand name - put out a statement that it's dropping out, too. In an official statement, HMD says it has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak situation closely and has made a decision to skip the MWC 2020 after much deliberation.

Sony's departure from MWC leaves a pretty big hole in the event's schedule.

The GSMA had announced in a press release on Sunday that MWC would go on as planned, even if some of the biggest companies had pulled out, saying there were still 2,800 other exhibitors attending the event.

Workers install a banner with hygiene recommendations outside the Fira Gran Via, venue for the annual MWC Barcelona trade show in Spain on February 12.

Organisers of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) will decide on Wednesday whether to scrap the Barcelona event, sources tell Reuters news agency, after a handful of major telecom companies chose to give the conference a pass over coronavirus fears. We were originally expecting devices from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei, Oppo, and many more.

Expect some precautions to be in place for the show, however. It's banning all guests from China's Hubei province, where the outbreak started, and will require that visitors who have been to China prove that they haven't been there for the last 14 days.

"The host city parties respect and understand this decision", reads the official GSMA statement. Major companies and many attendees will be reviewing the importance of MWC to their business and the GSMA must work hard to have a clear path forward.

But this year, participation has been hit by the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus which first emerged in China at the end of the year and has now claimed more than 1,100 lives with another 44,600 infected.

Here's a list of who's dropped out or scaled back their presence at MWC 2020.