Affected by the new coronavirus, Intel has announced its withdrawal from the world mobile communication conference to be held in Barcelona. Intel said in a press release:"The safety and well-being of all our employees and partners is a priority for us, and we have withdrawn from this year's world mobile conference due to careful consideration. We are grateful for GSMA's understanding and look forward to participating in and supporting future world mobile conference activities. ".
Intel 2018 MWC booth image from Intel
Companies that have announced their exit from the World Mobile Communications Conference include Amazon, LG Electronics, Ericsson, Invidend and more. Typically, the annual World Mobile Communications Conference attracts more than 100,000 people worldwide. Given the new coronavirus that is currently raging, the MWC organisers and the Spanish government have announced a special hygiene rule - no handshakes are recommended and microphones are replaced after each speech.
Organiser GSMA also provides free 24 hours for all participants
Although GSMA claims that the new coronavirus has so far had very little impact on the show, two big companies have announced the cancellation of the press conference at the World Mobile Communications Conference. LG has announced that it will no longer deliver keynote speeches on the MWC, and domestic maker ZTE has said it will not hold a press conference, sending only delegations to Barcelona.
"GSMA has taken many measures to help reduce the spread of the virus and continues to increase other actions on a regular basis," GSMA said in a statement this week. GSMA is building its existing program to protect the health of MWC attendees, customers and employees in Barcelona. Colleagues around the world are taking active measures to curb and reduce the further spread of the virus. "