Intel will not have a stand this year at the MWC.
Sarah Tew / CNET
More and more companies are leaving the MWC 2020 ship because of the coronavirus. Two weeks after the giant mobile fair in Barcelona begins, Intel and the Chinese phone manufacturer Vivo have announced its withdrawal. Intel announced its decision through a statement sent by email, explaining that it will not attend the fair to ensure the safety and welfare of its employees and partners. “It is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress as a precaution. We are grateful to the GSMA for their understanding and hope to attend and support future Mobile World Congress events,” Intel said in a statement sent on February 10. . The chip maker will not only cancel its presence at the fair, but also its 5G event that was planned for February 23.
Vivo, on the other hand, sent a statement on February 11 (also by email) alleging causes similar to those of other companies to explain its withdrawal from the event. “From Vivo, we have closely followed the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak and We have been continuously evaluating our planned activities, “the company said in a statement. “The health and safety of our employees and the public are our main priority. Therefore, based on the current situation, we have decided to cancel our presentation at MWC 2020 and other related events later this month in Barcelona.” He had not prepared a special event for the fair, but he did intend to show his concept of APEX 2020 phones, whose presentation will have to be postponed. With these two companies and the Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo who also announced his withdrawal from the fair recently, the The list of casualties totals eleven companies, including LG, Ericsson, Nvidia, Amazon, Sony, TCL, Umidigi and Intel. At the close of the edition, a report assured that the GSMA, the entity in charge of organizing the MWC will meet on February 14 to decide if the event continues as planned or if it will be canceled or postponed for later. Editor’s Note: This article was updated on February 11 at 5:44 am / PST to add a report on the GSMA evaluating the possible cancellation of the Mobile World Congress.
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