MWC Is Officially Canceled Due to Coronavirus F
MWC is the mobile industry’s most important trade show, with 2,800 businesses originally scheduled to attend this year 8217;s event. It’s where companies like LG, Huawei, Samsung, and more go to show off their latest devices and innovative software. Since 2006, the event has been held in Barcelona. As speculation grew about a potential cancellation, both the GSMA and the city of Barcelona publicly tried to assuage concerns.
Barcelona officials remained optimistic that the show would go on, and for good reason: Spanish newspaper El Pais notes that MWC accounts for 14,000 temporary jobs and an economic impact of 492 million euros ($535 million U.S.).
There are currently more than 43,000 reported cases of coronavirus, the vast majority in China. Given the significant number of Chinese exhibitors and attendees (5,000 to 6,000 according to GSMA), and the confusion about how easily the disease can spread, big companies like Samsung and Sony had been scaling back their MWC showings or withdrawing entirely.
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