GSMA pulls the plug on MWC Barcelona 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, MWC Barcelona 2020 organiser GSMA  has announced the official cancellation of this year’s event. Due to take place from 24 to 27 February 2020, the event showed signs of scale down as companies, including LG, NVIDIA, Facebook and Intel, had already released statements of withdrawal from the event due to health and safety concerns.

With the global concern on the outbreak as well as travel concern and other circumstances, it is impossible for GSMA to hold the event, according to a GSMA statement which is also published on the event’s website.

This comes after large China phone-maker Xiaomi released an earlier statement confirming its attendance for the event, and the measures the company is taking to ensure the safety of its employees and visitors to its booth. It is well-noted that Xiaomi had initially intended to use the stage to release its latest hardware and smartphones.

MWC Barcelona was set to be the launching pad for many companies that were looking to showcase their latest 5G technologies. Unlike MWC 2019, this year’s event was to showcase concrete 5G products that were ready to be launched in markets. Record deals were also looking to be discussed in this event, but it looks like companies alike are all reeling from the impacts of COVID-19.