Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest showcase for smartphones and mobile technology, has been canceled for 2020. I don’t just mean that metaphorically due to the companies that have pulled out; it’s been completely shut down by the GSM Association, the group that runs yearly event.
Bloomberg reports GSMA CEO John Hoffman sent out an email announcing the cancellation, saying the Coronavirus outbreak has made it “impossible” to hold the event.
JUST IN: The 2020 Mobile World Congress has been canceled by GSMA because of #coronavirus fears.
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) February 12, 2020
Such a large-scale cancellation is unprecedented for the event, or indeed for any major tech event in recent memory. Over the past week or so, major companies expected to have a major presence at the event backed out or diminished their presence. Among these were Amazon, Intel, Sony, LG, Nvidia, Facebook, and others.
While a few companies were still planning to go on with added health precautions, it seems they will no longer have the chance.
Published February 12, 2020 — 19:05 UTC