Cell World Congress 2020 has been cancelled on account of considerations over the coronavirus. All through a little bit of a complicated morning, we first solely had native stories from Barcelona (the host metropolis) saying that the choice to close the present down had been made, however GSMA, the governing physique that hosts MWC has since confirmed the information.
The change within the resolution to proceed with the present comes after per week+ of firms backing out one-by-one, additionally over coronavirus considerations. LG was one of many first to again out eight days in the past, however now we have since seen NVIDIA, ZTE, Sony, Amazon, and plenty of others make the identical resolution.
GSMA says that they plan to host MWC 2021 once more in Barcelona.
What does this imply for 2020 and the cellular trade? Umm, nothing is stopping any of the businesses that have been planning to attend MWC from saying no matter they deliberate to announce. They will nonetheless try this, whether or not its by way of press launch, on-line occasion, or new occasion in a brand new location. That’s being simplistic, in fact. I do know there are many private conferences and planning that goes on that can assist additional advance 5G or no matter different applied sciences these firms are cooking up. This might hinder that some.
Taking part in it secure, nicely, that is most likely the suitable transfer.