MWC 2020 has been officially cancelled due to concerns over the Coronavirus. MWC 2020 was supposed to take place in Barcelona, where the annual conference has been since 2006. MWC is the annual event where smartphone manufacturers and vendors show off upcoming mobile tech. But with several companies pulling out of the event it looks like the organisers felt it best to cancel.
Here is the official statement from John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Limited:
12 February 2020, Barcelona: Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem.
With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA 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.
The Host City Parties respect and understand this decision.
The GSMA and the Host City Parties will continue to be working in unison and supporting each other for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.
Our sympathies at this time are with those affected in China, and all around the world.
Further updates from the GSMA, are on our website and can be found on www.mwcbarcelona.com.