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Coronavirus prompts Mobile World Congress cancellation after exhibiting companies withdraw

Courier Mail 2020-02-13 04:04:00

The world’s biggest mobile phone convention has been cancelled due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) was meant to take place in the Spanish city of Barcelona at the end of the month, but as the list of companies pulling out due to coronavirus fears grew, the organisation in charge of running the conference has pulled the plug.

“With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSM Association 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,” GSMA CEO John Hoffman said in a statement on Wednesday.

media_cameraA worker cleans glass doors at the Mobile World Congress venue that will no longer be used to host the since cancelled conference. Picture: Lluis Gene/AFP


Apple is reportedly considering moving production out of mainland China to Taiwan.

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Originally published as Big phone show abandoned over virus

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