The number of companies that refused to participate in the popular Mobile World Congress in 2020 is constantly growing. Intel, Vivo, NTT Docomo, Sony, Amazon and other companies will demonstrate their developments at the exhibition due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
Previously from participation in the Congress, which will be held in Barcelona, refused LG, ZTE, Nvidia and Ericsson, which is the largest exhibition of mobile technology in the annual calendar. TCL also said that it would not hold a press conference at the show, but the company still plans to participate, reports The Verge.
The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our priority and we have decided not to participate in the current MWC,
– said the press Secretary of Intel.
A similar statement was made by the company Vivo, which also referred to the concern about the health and safety of its employees and the public. The company planned to demonstrate the concept of a phone Apex 2020.
A similar statement appeared on the website of Sony. The report notes that the company is closely monitoring the situation around the outbreak of coronavirus.
“Because we provide critical safety and welfare of our customers, partners, media and employees, we made the difficult decision to withdraw from exhibitions and participation at MWC in Barcelona 2020,” reads the website of the company.
Among other companies also refused to participate in the Congress Amazon and TCL.
Security measures at the exhibition
On Monday, the GSM Association, which organizes the MWC, has released an updated statement, which further describes in detail the countermeasures that it takes against the spread of coronavirus. To ensure the safety of the visitors of the Congress the Association will take the following actions:
- increase the number of doctors in the exhibition;
- enter politics “without clean hands”;
- change the transfer Protocol of the microphones to the speakers.
Also stated that none of China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak started, will have access to the event. Those who came from other regions of China, you will need to prove that they have traveled outside the country within 14 days.
In addition, participants are advised to be ready to quarantine, when necessary.
Informed about the closure of retail stores in China announced the company is Xiaomi, a well-known industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted the fall of sales of the new iPhone because of the epidemic of the coronavirus.
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