Intel, Vivo, and NTT Docomo have become the latest companies to withdraw from the MWC 2020 trade show due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.
It will shortly be easier to report which companies will still be attending as the list grows shorter on a daily basis.
An Intel spokesperson said in a statement.
“The safety and wellbeing of all our employees and partners is our top priority, and we have withdrawn from this year’s Mobile World Congress out of an abundance of caution. We are grateful to the GSMA for their understanding and look forward to attending and supporting future Mobile World Congress events,”
NTT said in a statement,
At present, the impact of the new coronavirus is expanding, and we were planning to exhibit from February 24 (Monday)-February 27 (Thursday) 2020.
In consideration of the safety of the visitors, partner companies and staff members, we decided to cancel the exhibition.”Translated from Japanese
Meanwhile Chinese manufacturer Vivo has also decided to completely withdraw from MWC 2020. In a statement the company said,
Vivo has been closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia (NCP) outbreak and continuously evaluating planned activities,. The health and safety of our employees and the public are our top priority.
“In light of the current situation, we have taken the decision not to attend MWC 2020 or any other associated event in Barcelona at the same time”
We will soon introduce the APEX 2020 concept phone which we had originally planned to showcase at MWC. We will share more updates in due course.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank our partners, media friends and consumers for their understanding.
Companies who have withdrawn from MWC2020
The list of companies is growing every day. Earlier this week, LG made a similar announcement, explaining that it won’t attend this year’s show due to the outbreak.
Following that, Ericsson also announced that it has cancelled its MWC2020 plans in order to protect its employees .
This was followed by Nvidia who also withdrew from MWC to protect its employees.
Earlier today, TCL said they will still attend the event but have cancelled their launch event.