After a growing list of companies decided to skip MWC 2020 in Barcelona because of rising considerations over the coronavirus outbreak in China, the GSM Affiliation has lastly pulled the plug and cancelled the annual commerce present. Earlier stories from earlier this week recommended that GSMA wasn’t leaving the “cancel” option off the table, however John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, mentioned in a statement that the coronavirus outbreak has now made it “impossible” to take care of the occasion.
With due regard to the secure and wholesome setting in Barcelona and the host nation immediately, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 as a result of the worldwide concern concerning the coronavirus outbreak, journey concern and different circumstances, make it unattainable for the GSMA to carry the occasion.
The Host Metropolis Events respect and perceive this resolution.
The GSMA and the Host Metropolis Events will proceed to be working in unison and supporting one another for MWC Barcelona 2021 and future editions.
That is actually an enormous blow for GSMA and the town of Barcelona. Final 12 months, the occasion attracted 2,400 exhibitors and near 110Ok attendees from 198 international locations. MWC additionally stays one of many greatest cellular occasions within the tech world that’s nonetheless being utilized by the highest cellphone makers to unveil new units.
We reported earlier that the convention would not be cancelled due to the lack to get insurance coverage protection for the loss, however that didn’t matter in the long run.
This 12 months, Microsoft was planning a press conference on February 23 that includes CVP of Azure Julia White and HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman. After Microsoft unveiled its HoloLens 2 blended actuality headset at MWC final 12 months, we have been anticipating extra information about holograms this 12 months, particularly after Kipman began to do some teasing on Twitter final week.
— Alex Kipman (@akipman) February 7, 2020
We don’t know but if Microsoft will attempt to discover a substitute answer for its MWC press convention, however many firms which were planning some bulletins at MWC ought to now be in search of a plan B. Anyway, we’ve reached out to the corporate to know extra and we’ll let you already know if we hear something again.
Replace 1:05 PM PT: Following the cancellation of MWC 2020, Microsoft has launched an announcement to say that it respects GSMA’s resolution and plans to share extra about its new merchandise later this 12 months. “We fully support the GSMA’s decision to prioritize the health and welfare of all participants and look forward to sharing Microsoft’s latest innovations at a future date,” a Microsoft spokesperson mentioned.
Microsoft has naturally cancelled its deliberate HoloLens press occasion for MWC pic.twitter.com/Rxwx4k3O0C
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 12, 2020